26 March 2017
A woman in Ogun state, Glory Fagbayibi has reported how her husband, Prince Adeola George Oyekan, died as a result of being brutally beaten by four Nigerian soldiers.
According to Saharareporters, the man was severely beaten at the instance of the landlady of 10 Prince Jamiu Oyebade Street, near Car Wash bus stop in Ogijo, Ogun State because the man owed a month’s rent.
After being beaten severely, the man died 15 days later as a result of the injuries.
Mrs. Fagbayibi stated that she and her husband were in the same room when four soldiers, led by the landlady’s son, whom she only identified as Tunji, barged into their apartment and descended on her husband.
She added that, after assaulting her husband, the soldiers bundled him into a van and drove him to 174 Battalion barracks at Ogijo where he was further brutalized.
According to the widow and other sources in the area, the landlady’s son, Tunji, invited his soldier friend, Godswill George, from Ikeja cantonment.
The sources alleged that Godswill George then mobilized other soldiers from 174 Battalion to join him in the assault that led to the death of Mr. Oyekan.
Upon his release by the soldiers, the victim filed a complaint at the Ogijo Divisional Headquarters of the Nigerian police. “We went to Ogijo police station to lodge a complaint,” said Mrs. Fagbayibi.
She added: “The police took pictures of my husband and asked if we would like the issue to get to court. The police ordered the landlady and his son to pay for the medical treatment of my husband, but up till the death of my husband, they did not pay anything.”
She continued: “Both the landlady and her son fled for some days, but the police were able to apprehend them and keep them in detention.”
An aunt of the deceased disclosed the cause of death as internal bleeding caused by the severe beating from the soldiers.