Human Rights sitting in Ado Ekiti has recommended the prosecution of a
defunct SARS Operative for his alleged involvement in the killing of
one Seun Awoyemi (18).
in Ekiti State.
The Panel, headed by Justice Cornelius Akintayo (rtd) ordered that
Corporal Akinfolarin Festus should be prosecuted through the office of
Ekiti State Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice.
The Panel also recommended that the of the mother of the deceased,
Mrs. Abigail Awoyemi (70) be compensated with N1.5M to cater for his
wife, Kemi and son.
The panel also recommended that the Police Authority should release
the corpse of the deceased, Seun Awoyemi which was allegedly taken
away from the scene of the crime by the SARS operatives to the family
for proper burial.
In her petition to the Panel, Mrs. Awoyemi alleged that SARS
operatives came into her residence on 13th March, 2014 at about 12.00
pm ”Officers of SARS came into my house and dragged my grandson, Seun
upon an allegation by a man, Mr. White that Seun beat his son and
while my younger sister was appealing to the Police Officers, she was
hit by a bullet on her hand”.
Mrs. Awoyemi stated that Seun also died on the spot and the Police
took away the corpse, “I picked several bullets that was shot on that
day which hit Lucia Afolayan and an handkerchief used to clean Seun’s
blood on the ground by the SARS operatives”, she said.
She further stated that the bullet holes on the walls are still in her
house till today.
News story on the matter as reported in The Nation newspaper of March
19, 2014 was also tendered as exhibits
She said the matter was reported at Ewi’s palace in Ado Ekiti and at a
Police station adding that a panel of inquiry was set up to
investigate the matter and the report of the panel was also admitted
and tendered as exhibits
Mrs. Awoyemi requested for the sum of N20M as Compensation, as she is
the one taking care of the deceased’s wife and child.
She lamented that the Police has not released the corpse of the boy to
her till date in spite of all efforts to retrieve it for proper
The petitioner’s counsel, Emmanuel Afolayan submitted that since the
petitioner’s evidence was not challenged, his client’s case should be
upheld and justice should be given appropriately.
The panel concluded that the facts before it are sufficient to link
the police with the case and therefore awarded a sum of N1.5 million
in favor of the petitioner for the stress and pains she has been
through and the accused Police Officer be prosecuted while the corpse
should be released to the family.
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