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PANEL: LATE ONDO JUDICIARY PAYMASTER’S FAMILY SEEKS N100M COMPENSATION

The family of Late Folorunso Alao has dragged the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS before the Judicial Panel of Enquiry on Police Brutality in Ondo State and Other Matters sitting in Akure on the alleged extrajudicial killing of late Alao by officers of the police unit.
The family is demanding N100 million compensation for the wife and four children left behind by the deceased, the petitioner’s counsel, Femi Adetoye told newsmen.
Adetoye narrated that the late Paymaster at the State Judiciary was arrested on November 4, 1998 alongside other staff in his office over a missing sum of money.
While in detention for 20 days, the suspect was tortured to death by the SARS operatives, who then took his body to the State Hospital, at a time a renowned Pathologist, Dr William Ajewole was the Chief Medical Director, CMD.
On sopheana, Dr Ajewole appeared before the panel yesterday, where he revealed that late Alao’s death was due to “Sudden Unexpected Death (SUD) as a result of “heart failure stress”.
Dr Ajewole explained further that the death was due to the fact that the deceased “never expected himself in that scenarios he found himself”.
While giving witness before the panel, the younger brother to the deceased, Steven Akanni Alao revealed that the death of his brother was reported by some national daily newspapers.

In defence, the police counsel, Tolu Abisagbo only questioned Steven Alao where he was when he heard about the death of his brother.
The case was closed for the panel, headed by Justice Adesola Sidiq (Rtd) to make its recommendations.
When questioned why the family did not approach the law court over the matter, the petitioner’s counsel, Adetoye said that the event happened during the military era.
Another petitioner, Mrs Solape Adeusi also sought N100 million compensation for the murder of her husband, Kazeem Adeusi, who was killed at a police checkup at Owena by a trigger-happy officer over refusal to offer him bribe.
While giving witness before the panel, the friend to the deceased, Adekunle Adeya, who was with him when the unfortunate incident happened on December 28, 2006, told the panel that the officer also tried to kill him but he escaped into the bush.
After closing the case, the counsel to the petitioner, Dayo Adejumola revealed to journalists that the officer in question was dismissed and tried but he ran away and never found till date.
Similarly, the petition against the Nigerian police by Abdulazeez Adebayo witnessed a mild drama as the police and the petitioner submitted two different police statements, with each party claiming its document was the genuine one.
The cases were closed for the panel to make its recommendations based on the evidences tendered.
However, the petition by Bodunwa Williams against the defunct SARS operatives was closed after cross examination by the police counsel, Abisagbo established that the victim was arrested by police officers from Lagos while the petition by Chief Patrick Akinrotoye was withdrawn after his counsel, Akintokunbo Oluwole informed the panel that a court judgement had been secured regarding the case.
Meanwhile, on vandalisation of property during EndSARS protest, the cases of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and The case of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Ondo State Command were adjourned on request of the petitioners’ counsels.
The cases of Ondo State Internal Revenue Service, ODIRS, Ekimogun Development Community and Ologun Dele were concluded and closed.

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