- The NSCDC has denied reports of killing a suspect in its custody
- The spokesperson for the NSCDC Ondo command said the suspect being the only one in the cell was later found to have used his cloth to have hung himself in the cell
- Samuel Oladapo said the late suspect was arrested for allegedly having carnal knowledge of his eight-year-old daughter in Akure, the state capital
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo state has denied reports that some of its personnel killed a suspect, Rasak Ahmed, while in custody.
The public relations officer of the Ondo state's NSCDC command, Samuel Oladapo, said the command decided to react after it was reported in some national dailies that it allegedly beat Ahmed, a middle-aged man, to death in its custody.
Oladapo said the deceased was allegedly arrested for having carnal knowledge of his eight-year-old daughter in Akure, the state capital.
He said the suspect was arrested on Sunday following a complaint by his son, Ibrahim, that his father was having intercourse with his sister.
According to Oladapo, before the suspect was brought to NSCDc's headquarters in the state, he complained of being cold and was allowed to put on his cloth.
Oladapo said the suspect being the only one in the cell was later found to have used his cloth to have hung himself in the cell.
He said: “The suspect was arrested by our men at our out-post station and brought to the state headquarters on Monday for proper investigations."
“And during our investigation, Ahmed confessed to the offence and attributed it to devil’s work.
“Before he was detained in the cell, he was complaining and begging that he should be allowed to put on his ‘buba’ and ‘sokoto’ because he had cold, which we obliged.
“Meanwhile, he was brought to the headquarters around 6pm and surprisingly, when one of our men approached his cell to deliver food brought by one of his relatives, he was found dangling on iron door of the cell being a short man, having torn his cloth to hang himself.
“It was unfortunate that he was the only inmate in the cell which made it easy for him to carry out the dastardly act,” Oladapo said.
Oladapo also said that as a civil agency, the NSCDC does not toture suspects or its inmates.
Stating that the police had commenced their investigation to confirm the cause of the suspect’s death, Oladapo urged members of the public to disregard the report.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Andy Uba on Wednesday, November 21, led members of the Senate committee on interior on an oversight function to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS).
The delegation which also includes Senators Danjuma Leah, Mao Ohuabunwa, Obinna Ogba, Andrew Uchendu, Foster Ogola, Shaibu Lau, Clifford Ordia and Kurfi Umaru interfaced with the institutions on how the 2017/18 budget was utilized as well as the challenges encountered in their day to day operation.
The team first made a stop at the office of the NSCDC where they were received by the Commandant-General (CG), Abdullahi Muhammadu, who briefed the committee on the progress made so far as well as the implementation of the 2017/18 budget.
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