Nigeria: Alleged Cover-Up in Murder Case as Police Release Suspect

Nigeria: Alleged Cover-Up in Murder Case as Police Release Suspect

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

The relatives of Lukmon Ajibola, who tragically lost his life on , in Ilepa, Ogun State, are expressing their concerns over the release of the suspect, Kolawole Akinsanya, from police custody. 

According to reports from , the Ogun State Police Command had initially arrested and detained Akinsanya on allegations of conspiring with hoodlums to beat Ajibola to death. The incident occurred after a goat belonging to Ajibola strayed into Akinsanya’s compound and consumed his dried yam, leading to a heated argument between the two parties. It is alleged that Akinsanya invited thugs to attack Ajibola, who later succumbed to his injuries and passed away in the hospital.

While the Ogun State Police Command confirmed the arrest and detention of Akinsanya, they also assured the public that efforts were underway to apprehend the remaining suspects who fled the scene. However, a relative of the deceased, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed that Akinsanya was seen freely walking in the community on Sunday morning, raising concerns about the promised legal action.

“The police have failed us once again. Akinsanya has been released from custody, and we have learned that he was freed after paying a sum of money to the police. It is disheartening to see how cheap human life is in this country. He was walking freely on the streets this morning with his friends, and he is even planning to throw a welcome party next weekend. This is shameful, and we urge the police authorities to intervene. Such behavior cannot be tolerated,” the relative stated.

A source within the community disclosed to PUNCH Metro that Akinsanya had boasted about his potential release, citing a similar case from the previous year involving a neighbor who allegedly killed someone and was subsequently released after paying a substantial bribe. The source further revealed that Akinsanya’s associates were actively collecting funds to secure his release and manipulate the police investigation. They were also reported to have obstructed the police from apprehending the other three suspects involved in the incident.

Echoing the claims made by the relative, another source added, “Last year, a man named Sunday killed his neighbor in this area, and the community handed him over to the police. However, he was later released after paying a significant amount of money. Akinsanya relied on this precedent and believed he could secure his release through bribery as well. The police had allegedly pressured the deceased’s wife to accept monetary compensation after receiving a bribe from Akinsanya’s associates. Unfortunately, the matter was not brought to court as promised by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO). Incidents like these are why people sometimes resort to jungle justice.”

When contacted for a response, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, claimed to be unaware of the suspect’s release and promised to look into the matter. However, as of the time of filing this report, no further update has been provided.

Dayo Oyewo, a graduate in Sociology, specializes in covering city and crime stories for the Metro Desk. He is a resourceful, self-motivated, and result-driven journalist.

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