The story has been told of Seyi Akinade, who committed suicide after losing N7 million in currency trading.
The man reportedly lost millions after his illegal arrest and detention by SARS agents, an investigative panel into police brutality was said on Thursday.
His mother, Funmilayo Akinade, told the panel in Ogun that the operatives were from the SARS Zonal Intervention Squad, a police formation in Obada-Oko, near Abeokuta, at the time.
The ZIS unit was later scrapped by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, following the alleged murder of a soccer star, Kazeem Tiyamiyu (also known as Kaka) in February.
Seyi, a student at the Abeokuta Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), was caught in a raid on a student hostel in Abeokuta.
DailyTrust reports that his mother, Funmilayo Akinade, told the panel in Ogun how SARS agents detained her son, causing the loss of N7m in the currency market before he plunged into depression and committed suicide.
His mother, in his request, said that he became depressed and drank a poisonous liquid that a doctor later confirmed was the “sniper” insecticide.
In recounting his experience, a witness and friend of the deceased, Damilare Adejoro, who was also among those arrested, said: “On February 3, 2020, Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi and his other three colleagues raided and arrested the 17 students who were staying inside the Chocolate City Hostel in Camp, Abeokuta, detained us and locked us overnight inside the cell of the station.
“The officers did not tell us what our infraction was, but when we arrived at the police station, they locked us with 52 other inmates already in a small cell after they asked us to pay a sum of two million naira for a bond that they could not afford. the luxury of paying “.
Adejoro added that while in police custody, his late friend, who was a currency trader, told officers that he had opened an online trading business that he would suffer losses if left unattended, but they denied him access to his phone. mobile, slapped. and even mocked him, which ultimately caused him to lose more than seven million naira.
Adejoro added that before his friend committed suicide on April 22, 2020, he went to his Twitter page and wrote: “This is my story in case anyone wonders why I did it” and on his last day on earth, He wrote: “I guess it’s goodbye … nobody heard my cry for justice and this had to happen haha … goodbye world.”
Adejoro said, “I believe this panel would guarantee justice and bring hope to the common man.” He applied for compensation to the parents of the deceased for the enormous loss caused by the death of Mr. Seyi Akinade.
Another witness and owner of the victim, Olaleye Adejare, confirmed the incident, saying that police officers eventually collected N120,000 before releasing the students without just cause.
One of the respondents, Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi, said they arrested the victim, “But it was because they got information that some people smoked Indian hemp in the house even though the deceased, like his friend, was not guilty.”