Osun Judicial Panel Orders Release of Corpse to Victim’s Family

The Osun State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra Judicial Killings has ordered immediate and unconditional release of the corpse of one Mr. Akeem Olalekan Ibitoye who was gruesomely murdered on the 25th of April, 2017 in Erin-Osun, Irepodun Local Government Area of the State.

The panel gave the order after granting the application filed by the petitioners’ counsel, Mr Kehinde Adesiyan.

Recall that the petition filed by Mrs. Kafayat Ibitoye (wife of the deceased) and Mr. Teslim Ibitoye (elder brother of the deceased) was adjourned last week after the panel granted the application filed by the petitioners’ counsel to amend the application requesting the release of the corpse of the deceased.

While being led in evidence, an elder brother to the deceased, Mr. Teslim Ibitoye, told the panel how gunshots were fired at him and the deceased when they paid a visit to their cousin on the fateful day.

He said his brother died immediately, while he (Teslim Ibitoye) had a live bullet inside his spinal cord and he has been carrying the bullet around since the incident occurred.

The petitioner urged the panel to prevail on the Police and other appropriate authorities to come to the aid of the family, particularly himself who needed medical treatment abroad to remove the live bullet from his spinal cord.

He also requested the panel to grant the application requesting the immediate release of his brother’s corpse just as he also demanded the payment of N50million as compensation to the family.

Also, the wife of the deceased, Mrs Kafayat, who is also a petitioner in the case, said the incident had rendered her a widow, urging the panel to grant all the requests made by the family to cushion the effects of the ugly incident.

The deceased, who brought her three little kids to the panel, said it was unfortunate that her children didn’t have a father anymore as the life of the deceased was cut short by the policeman who killed him for no just cause.

In his ruling, the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Akin Oladimeji (rtd.), ordered the Management of the State General Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo, and other concerned authorities to release the corpse with immediate effect to the family for proper burial.

Justice Oladimeji therefore adjourned the case to 19th April, 2021 for further hearing.




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