Civil Defence Operatives Torture Okada Rider to Death In Kogi

From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja


Abdullahi-Gana-Muhammadu, NSCD Commandant-General


Worries at the weekend enveloped  the people of Ogaminana in Adavi local government area of Kogi state following the alleged torture of a motorcyclist rider, popularly known as Okada, Onimisi Ilori by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCD, to death.

According to an eye witness account, a man was said to have lodged a complaint to the Ogaminana divisional office of the Corps where he alleged that Ilori –the man riding his Okada –had  bolted away with his Okada without his knowledge.

The Operatives  were said to have immediately collected the mobile number of the suspect and invited him to their office for interrogation, which he was said  to have complied with.

According to the account, on interrogation, the suspect was said to have told the Operatives that the motor cycle was stolen where he had parked it the previous day and that he immediately reported same to the owner .

But the operatives  who claimed he was telling lies,were said to have pounced on him, beating him black and blue and later  detained him in their cell where he was allegedly tortured to death.

As the news of his death filtered to town,it was gathered that Okada riders in the town invaded the  NSCDC office chanting war songs and demanding the release of the corpse of their colleague while some of them were said to have trooped to the high way obstructing the free flow of traffic.

It was further learnt that  the quick intervention of the anti riot police men drafted to the scene  saved the situation from degenerating further.

When contacting for his reaction, the spokesman  of the NSCDC, kogi state command, Alex Agiri confirmed the incident, saying that the command was investigating the incident but 30 minutes later, he called back to say the incident never took place.