Sunday, January 16, 2022
EndSARS: Oyo Police Denies Killing of Abass Lawal

Story By Rachael Aina

The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu has debunked a claim by a woman trending video on the social media who accused the former Officer-in-charge of SARS, Oyo State Command, CSP Olusola Aremu and his personnel to have killed his brother, Abass Lawal in a case that was transferred to his office and also extorted a sum of #350,000 from her.

The CP in a release through the Police Public Relation Officer Gbenga Fadeyi stated that the accusations claimed by the said woman was never reported to Police authority in Oyo State Command for any investigation to be carried out since about four years ago.

He disclosed that the former O/C of the defunct SARS when contacted denied his involvement or any of his personnel in the killing of the woman’s senior brother, but stated that it was a calculated attempt to tarnish his image and the good works he had done over the years while he was O/C SARS, Oyo State Police Command.

The CP while further explaining stated that “it was a case of Conspiracy and Armed Robbery that occurred on the 25th April, 2017 at about 0115hrs, where some notorious hoodlums who were armed with cutlass, daggers, knives and other dangerous weapons invaded the residence of one Ogundare Lekan ‘m’ at Molade Oremeji Area, Ibadan, inflicted severe machete cuts on his head and dispossessed him of cash and other valuable items.”

“Ogundare Lekan who is a member of Oodua People’s Congress “OPC” mobilized some “OPC” members led by one Alimi Kabiru ‘m’, clamped down on the hoodlums who identified themselves as; Rasheed Kehinde ‘m’ and Abass Lawal ‘m’ the senior brother to the woman and arrested them within the Community and inflicted severe bodily injuries on the duo, before handing them over to the Alakia-Adelubi Divisional Police headquarters, Oyo State.”

Sequel to this, the two suspects who were later transferred to the SARS office for further investigation took ill as a result of the bodily injuries that were inflicted on them by the angry mobs and were subsequently rushed to Police Clinic Eleyele, for immediate medical attention. The first suspect Abass Lawal ‘m’ was later referred to Adeoyo State Specialist hospital, Yemetu, Ibadan where he later gave up the ghost as a result of the injuries sustained.”

The release by the CP said “Ogundare Lekan ‘m’ and one Alimi Kabiru ‘m’ who led the angry mobs that arrested Abass Lawal were arrested by the SARS operatives and their statement obtained under caution, but they were later exonerated by the Ministry of Justice, Department of Public Prosecution for lack of evidence linking them with the offence.”

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