Seven persons including a leader of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) in Ekiti State, Mr. Femi Ogunleye, have been arrested by police over the death of a man identified as Oke.
Ogunleye, 43, alongside, Simon Oluwagbohunmi, Muhammadu Saradeen , Ojo Muri, Peace Okon, Sola Sunday and Ogunleye Onaopemipo were arrested for allegedly torturing the victim to death.
The Police’s investigation revealed that the suspects accosted late Oke around Post office area of Ado Ekiti, the State capital on July 29 and took him to his house where he was allegedly tortured to death.
They were however apprehended on Monday by police who searched one of the culprits’ hideout and fond a dead body that was being prepared for burial.
Speaking to newsmen on the matter, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Caleb Ikechukwu, said the suspects were also charged for conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and cultism.
The suspects, according to Ikechukwu was arrested on July 29 by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), who acting on tip off invaded Ogunleye’s house located on Omisanjana road in Ado Ekiti capital, where a tomb was already dug in preparation for the burial of the corpse of the victim.
The police spokesman said one Pump Action Gun Breech Number 000574 loaded with seven Live cartridges , police belt, three cutlasses, one long stick, one sword, three battle axes, one iron road carved like local gun, , Ifa Divination tool and a mini laptop were among the exhibits recovered from the suspects.
He 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.
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