Nigeria: NSCDC torture suspect to death
A suspect in the custody of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kogi State, North-Central Nigeria, has died out of perceived pains and trauma from rigorous torture.
The Guardian newspaper said the government agency is currently having a herculean task explaining how the unnamed suspect died in their custody.
“The confusion arose on Sunday in Ogaminana, Adavi local government area of Kogi State following the alleged murder of an Okada rider, Onimisi Ilori, by operatives of the corps.
According to an eyewitness account, a man was said to have lodged a complaint at the Ogaminana divisional office of the corps where he alleged that Ilori, the Okada rider, had made away with his motorcycle without his knowledge”, said the report.
The paper added that the operatives through the mobile number of the suspect invited him to their office for interrogation, which he was said to have obliged. On interrogation, the suspect was said to have told the operatives that the motorcycle was stolen where he had parked it the previous day adding that he had reported the development to the owner. But the operatives, who perceived his explanation as false, allegedly tortured him severally and later detained him where he was found dead.
“Okada riders in the town invaded the NSCDC office after the news of his death became public knowledge, chanting war songs and demanding release of the body of their colleague. Others trooped to the highway, obstructing free flow of traffic.
When contacted for reaction, the spokesman of the NSCDC in Kogi State, Alex Agiri, confirmed the incident, saying the command was investigating it but 30 minutes later, he called back to say the incident never took place”.