How Police Killed My Son, Referred to as Him Armed Robber

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Mr and Mrs Fasere (left) and Seyi

A 62-year-old girl, Mrs Florence Fasere, who occurs to be the mom of Seyi Fasere, a final-year pupil of Ekiti State College, Ado-Ekiti, who was shot useless by the police in Ilupeju Ekiti has instructed her police harassment story. She tells OLUFEMI OLANIYI how she and her husband, Joseph, have been bodily assaulted and detained by the police after killing their son

What do you do?

I was a dealer however I’ve not been in a position to work because the police killed my son, my first baby. Seyi was shot useless by a policeman, popularly referred to as Akobi Esu (Satan’s firstborn).

Why was he killed?

They mentioned he was an armed robber however my son was not an armed robber. They simply wasted his life and the killers are strolling freely as if they’ve not dedicated any offence.

The place and when did it occur?

It occurred in March 2013. He was killed at a police station at Obalasan in Ilupeju Ekiti. It is rather near Oye Ekiti.

How did it occur?

My son, Seyi, was a final-year pupil on the Ekiti State College, Ado-Ekiti when the incident occurred. He was taking his closing examination and had yet another examination to take. He had not totally paid his tuition; he nonetheless had N100,000 to pay and he mentioned the college administration was threatening that he wouldn’t be allowed to take a seat the final examination if he didn’t pay. He got here again house to Ilupeju Ekiti and we have been in a position to increase the cash and provides to him.  I believe he had an examination to take the next day.

He went to a barbershop to have a haircut and despatched a neighbour to inform me that his youthful brother ought to deliver his bag to him on the bus cease – Esinkun. However I instructed his brother that he couldn’t simply go away with out returning house to bathe and wash off the hair and extra importantly, pray earlier than embarking on the journey. I by no means knew I’d not see him alive once more. He left round 5:30pm; that was the final time I noticed him.

His brother took his bag to him on the bus cease and I used to be later instructed that he noticed a lady he knew within the bus going to Ado Ekiti and she or he requested him to hitch however he mentioned he would watch for a automobile. However the girl, who’s a septuagenarian, Madam Victoria, instructed us later that he persuaded him to board the bus as a result of she was additionally going to Ado Ekiti to go to her kids. That was how he boarded the bus and so they launched into the journey. Simply three of them have been within the bus.  After they acquired to Obalasan, they heard that armed robbers have been attacking a financial institution forward of them and the driving force was mentioned to have requested the outdated girl if she knew a shortcut so they might not run into the theft scene. They mentioned she gave the driver the path of one other route. The driving force was new on that street so he was mentioned to have requested to be directed. At the moment, we began listening to gunshots in Ilupeju as a result of it’s not very removed from us.  I used to be anxious and I ran to Esinkun the place he boarded the bus however I used to be instructed that he had left. Later, the driving force parked the bus and so they hid someplace so they might wait till the capturing would cease. The girl mentioned she requested Seyi to go and convey their luggage as a result of the driving force had dropped their luggage and turned again.

Was he shot whereas carrying the luggage or what?

I heard that the policemen combing in all places to see if they might arrest among the robbers noticed him when he was taking the luggage. They arrested him and took him to the station. The girl didn’t see Seyi once more. She returned to Ilupeju as a result of that’s the place she lives; the girl is resident right here. She got here to ask if Seyi had come again house as a result of she mentioned they needed to abandon the journey due to the theft incident. I instructed her that I had not seen him.  We began looking out in all places for him however we didn’t hear that he was arrested and brought to the station that night time.

How did you finally know he was killed on the station?

We heard the next morning that someone was killed and I referred to as his dad who was in Ado-Ekiti to know if he had seen Seyi however he mentioned no. I instructed him about what occurred. The next morning, one among my youthful brothers referred to as me and instructed me that they’d killed Seyi on the station. I left and his dad additionally got here from Ado-Ekiti and along with Blessing, his youthful brother, we left for the police station.

 

What occurred on the police station?

Instantly we acquired there, the policemen there grabbed me and beat me ruthlessly. They slapped me about 20 occasions and kicked me a number of occasions; they eliminated my slippers and used them to hit my head. Regardless of what occurred, they beat me, humiliated me and put me behind the counter. I used to be simply weeping and crying to God that why would this horrible factor occur to me.

My husband too was not spared, they slapped him so many occasions. They eliminated his sneakers and used them to hit his head. They brutalised us and my husband was put in a cell on the police station and never  behind the counter. I fell down there and to compound my sorrow, they introduced my son’s corpse and put it earlier than me and requested me to be taking a look at my son. There isn’t a agony that may be worse than that for a mom. I wept bitterly.

Why did they beat you and your husband?

They mentioned Seyi was an armed robber. They mentioned we didn’t deliver him up effectively and that was why he grew to become an armed robber. However I used to be weeping and telling them that my son was not a thief and every time I mentioned that, one of them would slap me.

Did you discover something about his corpse?

They had eliminated his shirt and tied his fingers behind his again. His trousers have been worn inside out. That confirmed it that he was arrested earlier than he was killed and he was not killed whereas capturing at them as they claimed. Will an armed robber tie his two fingers behind his again and be capturing? Even when I didn’t go to high school, I do know that’s not logical however they wasted my son’s life, humiliated me, and labelled my son an armed robber. It’s only God that may take away that sorrow from my coronary heart. They offended Seyi’s creator, who’s God almighty and I do know He’ll struggle for us.

Was any of the armed robbers that really attacked the financial institution arrested?

They killed him round 4am and put his corpse earlier than me from 7am till the time they noticed one of many armed robbers who participated within the theft. I assume the armed robber was shot throughout a gun battle between them and the police. He was wounded and was in ache. He was discovered the next morning and residents drew the eye of the police to him and so they picked him up. He was begging them to take him to hospital to be handled. He didn’t need to die. He was one of many armed robbers. I heard him say he solely distributed weapons to the robbers however not a marksman. He mentioned all of them got here from Kogi State and that he’s Ebira.

The policemen requested the arrested armed robber if Seyi was one among them and he mentioned he was not a member of their gang. He mentioned six of them got here from Kogi State for the operation.

That was once they requested us to go house. Seyi’s brother, Blessing, was additionally totally overwhelmed and he was handcuffed and locked up. At a degree, they took him in handcuffs to our home to go looking in all places. However what would they discover in the home of a poor individual? They discovered nothing. They tarnished our picture as a result of some individuals noticed how Blessing was handcuffed and led to the home by the police. They heard that the police killed Seyi so they might conclude that my kids have been armed robbers however God sees the whole lot and I would like Him to struggle for me.

They ultimately launched us and requested us to go house once they knew Seyi was harmless however they didn’t admit that they have been fallacious. The three of us have been placed on a bike and requested to be taken house to mourn our son.

Did they launch the corpse to you for burial?

They later took his corpse to the mortuary on the Federal Medical Centre, Ido Ekiti. His fingers have been tied behind his again the way in which he was killed. We went there plenty of occasions however I grew to become drained at a degree. We have been requested to go and get his stays from the mortuary after virtually three years after the incident. I introduced him house and buried him however since then, I’ve not been okay. The sorrow led to hypertension and after the beating, I do know that I’ve not been alright however there’s nothing I can do about it.

Is the policeman who you mentioned shot Seyi nonetheless in Ilupeju?

They transferred all of them out of the place as a result of there have been a sequence of protests held on the time by college students. The Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students, EKSU college students, and youths in Ilupeju have been all the time protesting then as a result of they knew that Seyi was not a thief not to mention an armed robber.

A safety man at a college near the place the place the incident occurred later got here and instructed us that he noticed Seyi on the police station and that Seyi begged him to tell us that he had been arrested. However the man mentioned he didn’t know Seyi. He mentioned Seyi answered all of the questions the policemen requested him when he was there on the station and that instantly after he left the police station, he heard a gunshot and knew that they’d killed him.

His identify is Ojo. He lives in Ilupeju right here. The person mentioned Seyi begged them to not kill him. He mentioned he instructed them that he was not a thief however they didn’t hear. The person mentioned a chief instructed the police to kill Seyi. The man mentioned the chief mentioned Seyi’s dad and mom refused to permit him (Seyi) to be put in as a chief.

Was Seyi entitled to turn out to be a chief or what?

They wished to present him a chieftaincy title which by no means existed in his father’s lineage. The so-called title has to do with idol worshipping and we mentioned no. They wished to make use of that to destroy our Christian religion however we rejected it. We mentioned our son was nonetheless at school and was not serious about such a chieftaincy title.

Which church do you attend?

We all attend Deeper Christian Life Ministry. Seyi was a kids’s instructor in church till his dying. Even after church service, he would collect children collectively in our space and educate them the phrase of God.

When we heard it was somebody who instructed the police to shoot Seyi, my youthful brother went to the Palace of Apeju of Ilupeju and he mentioned he overheard somebody telling someone on the phone that they need to not have killed him. The problem grew to become very severe then.

I suffered so much and I used to be suggested to see the previous state governor, Ayo Fayose, about it. However after I acquired there, they mentioned he had simply left his workplace. However he was not the governor then. Someone referred to as him on the cellphone and he mentioned that I ought to inform journalists in Ado-Ekiti about it; that was when the police realised that the matter had turn out to be severe. However regardless of that, they didn’t do something.

Was the case taken to courtroom or how did it finish?

I was requested to get a lawyer and I did. I went to courtroom plenty of occasions and the courtroom requested the policemen to additionally seem. However you understand how courtroom circumstances go; I grew to become bored with the entire course of and refused to go to courtroom once more. They killed my son and I used to be nonetheless going to courtroom each time and losing money and time.

Why didn’t you inform Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was the governor at the moment?

The governor heard in regards to the case and instructed the Secretary to the State Authorities, Ganiyu Owolabi, who can also be from Ilupeju Ekiti, to handle the problem. I used to be instructed the governor mentioned the SSG shouldn’t be within the workplace whereas there was a severe disaster in his hometown.

Did the SSG come?

He got here to the palace and we have been invited however I left there in anger.

Why?

He requested what we wished them to do. However as a result of it was nonetheless contemporary then, I mentioned in the event that they gave me cash, would I not spend it? What can anybody give me to interchange the lifetime of my son? I left the assembly in anger. Authorities’s agent killed my son and they didn’t do something about it. How a lot can anyone give me?

What do you need to be carried out to those that killed Seyi?

I can not choose however I would like God to evaluate his killers. He was my first baby and so they simply killed him like that. That unhappy incident destroyed the whole lot about my life. I can now not commerce and I solely eat when individuals give me cash. I don’t have the power to work once more and I nonetheless really feel lots of ache. It’s God that may take away the bitter expertise from my coronary heart.

Will you testify earlier than the Panel of Enquiry arrange by the state authorities to get justice for victims of police brutality?

I’ll testify in the event that they name me. I’ll inform them how I used to be stripped bare by my son’s dying.

What’s your view in regards to the #EndSARS protests everywhere in the nation?

They have been one among God’s judgments towards the police. They killed many individuals who didn’t commit any offence. Do you assume God will applaud them for taking harmless lives? I contemplate the protests as God’s judgment towards their evil acts.

Did any of your kids be a part of any of the #EndSARS protests?

They are all in Ado-Ekiti; I’m the one one at Ilupeju. Three of them have graduated from college and don’t have anything to do. So, I requested them to be taught abilities that may assist them. One is an apprentice photographer; one is an apprentice mechanic whereas one is an apprentice tailor. The final one is on the technical faculty in Ado-Ekiti.  My husband can also be in Ado-Ekiti; he’s a safety guard, gathering N10,000 per 30 days.

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