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End SARS: How police arrested, threatened to kill me – DAILY POST Osun reporter



Sikiru Obarayese, DAILY POST correspondent in Osun State, who was arrested on Wednesday whereas overlaying the EndSARS protest in Osogbo, the state capital has narrated his ordeals within the fingers of the safety personnel.

The demonstrators chanted freedom songs as they walked from the Ita-Olokan space by way of Oja-Oba, Station highway, Submit Workplace, Oke-Fia and Outdated-Storage earlier than they have been interrupted.

A few of them together with Obarayese have been picked up and overwhelmed repeatedly by overzealous law enforcement officials.

Narrating his ordeal, Obarayese stated he was grabbed round 1:10pm regardless of figuring out himself as a journalist.

“Six policemen arrested me at Freedom Park on the instruction of Chief Superintendent of Police, Oyegbade Akinloye, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Dugbe Division.

“I used to be hit with a gun butt earlier than they forcefully took me to the station. One L. Yakubu hit me with a number of fist blows. I used to be informed to write down an announcement however I refused.

“One Inspector Charles wrote the assertion on my behalf and ordered me to signal however I declined. I insisted they need to give me my cellphone. The cost was instantly ready.

“Twelve policemen brutalised me throughout my keep on the station. They threatened to kill me if I selected to not cooperate with them; I attempted to remain calm. They took me to the court docket at 2pm.

“I sustained an open wound on my knee, wrist, misplaced my earpod as some money. I really feel pains throughout my physique however I thank God I’m alive”, he stated.

After his arrest, Obarayese was arraigned on the Osogbo Justice of the Peace Courtroom for allegedly making a video of the DPO in the course of the protest.


The reporter, who was taken away whereas his colleagues scampered for security, confronted a two-count cost of breach of peace and recording/assaulting Akinloye.

The police stated the alleged offences run foul of Sections 249(5) and 356 of the Prison Code Cap 34. Legal guidelines of Osun State.

Obarayese pleaded “not responsible” to the costs pressed by the prosecutor, Inspector Adeoye Kayode.

Kayode, nonetheless, knowledgeable the court docket of the choice to withdraw the case saying: “The Commissioner of Police knowledgeable me to discontinue the case.”

The Justice of the Peace, A. O. Daramola requested the prosecutor to level out the place it was established in Nigerian legal guidelines that recording a police officer or station was unlawful.

Daramola, who was visibly dissatisfied with the conduct of the safety company, granted the request to withdraw and struck out the case.

28-year-old Obarayese is now free and receiving remedy for his wounds at a hospital.

There was an identical scenario on the Lekki toll gate in Lagos. Police and Lagos Neighborhood Security Corps (LNSC) brutalized and arrested some protesters.

The case of Adedotun Clement, an Uber driver brutalized, sparked outrage on social media.

Nigerians are demanding justice for all peaceable civilians assaulted throughout right now’s EndSARS memorial.

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