DEATH IN CUSTODY: NSCDC dragged to court in Ondo

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By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—A human rights lawyer, Morakinyo Ogele has dragged the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, to court over the death of a suspect, Razak Ahmed, in the custody of the Ondo State Command of the Corps.

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Ahmed was arrested over alleged carnal knowledge of his eight-year-old daughter.

He died in custody three days after his arrest.

Ogele, not satisfied with the command’s explanation, approached the State High Court in Akure to seek justice for the deceased and his family.

He is “seeking the Court’s order directing NSCDC to conduct investigation in its Ondo State Command to identify officers involved in the arrest, detention and alleged torturing of the deceased.

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Ogele is also “seeking an order directing the Corps to hand over the officers to the police for proper investigation and prosecution of the culprits.

He is equally asking “the court to order NSCDC to pay a sum of N500 million as damages to the family of Ahmed.

In a 33-paragraph-affidavit, Ogele said he initiated the suit on behalf of the family of the deceased and in the public interest.

“The family members of the deceased have been calling on human rights organisations to help them get justice.

“This is because NSCDC is trying to cover up this extra judicial killing. They felt unconcerned about the gruesome act against the family of the deceased.

Ogele said: “Their spokesman declared that the man committed suicide in their custody without giving evidence. I think NSCDC is a security agency established to protect lives and properties in Nigeria. Its officers are not expected to take any life.”



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