The Ogun State police command on Sunday denied that its operatives tortured a suspected cultist to death in custody.
The suspect, Seyi Oduyiga, died in hospital on Friday.
The spokesperson for the state police command, Omolola Odutola, made the clarification in a statement on Sunday in Abeokuta.
She said: “Torture is strictly against our protocols and principles. Ogun police command is well-versed in the legal framework that safeguards the rights of individuals in custody.
The police arrested two men – Seyi Oduyiga and Gbenga Adejoke, suspected notorious cultists and members of cult groups – Buccaneer and Eiye Confraternity.
“For the records, the deceased was already charged for cult-related activities and was taken to a special court on cultism in Abeokuta on Thursday.
“The court did not sit, however, and he was returned to police headquarters on the same day.
“Oduyiga was to be taken to court at its next sitting which was on Friday.
“However, at about 5:00 a.m. on the same Friday, he went berserk, shouting, gnashing his teeth, and assaulting other suspects in the cell until he got exhausted.
“Other suspects in the cell alerted policemen on duty and he was taken to the police hospital and later to Ijaiye General Hospital, Abeokuta, alongside suspects that he had bitten.
“Other suspects were treated and discharged, but Oduyiga while on medical attention, gave up the ghost.”
“The command has ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of his death and will make the result public.”
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