The leader of Vigilante Group of Nigeria(VGN),Ekiti state chapter,Mr. Femi Ogunleye, is now in Police custody for allegedly arresting and torturing a man identified as Oke to death .
Ogunleye, 43, popularly called Akilapa by admirers was arrested on Monday by police who searched his hideout and found a dead bodythat was being prepared for burial.
Police 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, hadaccosted the victim at Post office area on July 29 and took him to his house where he was allegedly tortured to death.
Explaining the fact of the case in Ado- Ekiti on Wednesday,the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), 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,the state 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,policebelt, three cutlasses,one long stick, one sword, three battle axes,one iron rod 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 July 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 suspects 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 said that police are still investigating the matter with intention to unravel more facts about the cases linked to the