Charged with murder , conspiracy
Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The leader of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria , Ekiti chapter, Mr.
Femi Ogunleye, is now cooling his feet in the police net for allegedly
arresting and torturing a man identified as Oke to death .
Ogunleye, 43, fondly called Akilapa by admirers was arrested on Monday
by police who searched the culprit’s hideout and fond a dead body
that was being prepared for burial.
Police’s investigation revealed that Ogunleye and three others namely:
Simon Oluwaghohunmi,35, Muhammadu Saradeen ,36, Ojo Muri, 30 ,
Peace Okon , 44, Sola Sunday, 20, and Ogunleye Onaopemipo , 20, had
accosted the victim at Post office area on July 29 and took him to his
house where he was allegedly tortured to death.
Giving explanations on the fact of the case in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday,
the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, ASP Caleb
Ikechukwu, said the suspected gang were also charged for cultism and
unlawful arrest of innocent Nigerians .
Ikechukwu said the victim was unlawfully arrested on July 29 and
operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS), who got wind of
the incident stormed Ogunleye’s house located on Omisanjana road in
Ado Ekiti capital, where the dead body was found and a tomb that had
been dug for its interment within the premises of the building.
The PPRO added that also recovered as exhibits were: One Pump Action
Gun Breech Number 000574 loaded with seven Live cartridges , police
belt, three cutlasses, one long stick, one sword, three battle axes,
one iron road carved like local gun, , Ifa Divination tool and a mini
Ikechukwu said the victim’s body had been deposited at the morgue of
Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital for autopsy while
investigation into the case continues.
“Upon further investigation, particularly when the operatives of the
SARS stormed Ogunleye’s hideout, the suspects were found involving
in unlawful arrest and torture of one Oke , whose surname and address
are yet to be known which resulted to his death at the suspects’
hideout located at omisanjana area of Ado Ekiti.
“The Corpse was recovered therein on June 30 at about 5am and
deposited at EKSUTH’s morgue for autopsy .Apart from those exhibits
police discovered, a shallow grave already dug was discovered by the
team of SARS operatives within the premises of Ogunleye’s residence
with a plot to bury the corpse of the deceased before the incident was
unraveled by the police.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to have accosted the
deceased on July 29 at about 1am at the Post Office Area on the
pretext of being a thief . Later , the victim later died in their
custody at about 8am of the same day having been tortured and
inflicted with severe machete cut injuries on his body”.
Ikechukwu added that the suspected had earlier involved in shooting
incident where one Adebayo Ayomide and a yet to be identified victim
were shot and are now receiving medical treatments at EKSUTH.
The police spokesman alleged that the suspects had been the criminal
gang terrorizing Ado Ekiti and its environs in cultist related
activities and other crimes in recent time.
He promised that police are still investigating the matter with
intention to unravel more facts about the cases linked to the