EndSARS: Taxi driver recounts how he spent 7 months in prison for demanding fare from policemen

EndSARS: Taxi driver recounts how he spent 7 months in prison for demanding fare from policemen

- A taxi driver has opened up on how Ogun state police officers illegally detained him for seven months

- Mayowa Ayodele narrating his ordeal stated that he was remanded for demanding transportation fare from the officers

- Ayodele made the disclosure at Ogun State Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating cases of police brutality

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Mayowa Ayodele, a taxi driver in Ogun state has shared details of what he endured in the hands of policemen in the state.

According to him, he was illegally detained for seven months after demanding the sum of N4,500 as transport fare from the police officers.

Ayodele narrating his ordeal on Wednesday, November 18, at the Ogun State Judicial Panel of Inquiry, revealed that back on March 7, 2018, four police officers chartered his vehicle but refused to pay, Premium Times reports.

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EndSARS: Taxi driver recounts how he spent 7 months in prison for demanding fare from policemen

A taxi driver said he spent 7 months in prison for demanding fare from policemen in Ogun state. Photo credit: Premium Times
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The driver went on to note that after he was questioned, the officers allegedly kept him in custody for 16 days. He was later charged to the Federal High Court in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta for pipeline vandalism.

He said:

“I took them from the Mowe area to Magboro and back to Shagamu. After the ride, I requested my money, which was N4,500, but they refused to pay me. They said they were working for the government. After tough arguments with them, their superior ordered them to lock me up.”

The taxi driver stated that he was first locked up at the Motor Traffic Division of the Police in Shagamu before been remanded at the Oba prison in Abeokuta, where he spent seven months while on trial.

He revealed that the officers who allegedly detained him are Buhari Yusuf, Ehimere Anthony, and two others he could not remember their names.

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Kayode Aderemi, the counsel to the defendant told the panel that the taxi driver was charged along with eight others who have all been discharged and acquitted.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that as the Lagos state judicial panel on the police brutality continues its investigation, the Nigerian Army has submitted an affidavit.

The Lagos government set up the panel to probe the shooting of EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

In the affidavit, it was disclosed that Lieutenant Colonel Salisu Ovada Bello, the commander of the 65 Battalion was at the Lekki tollgate but he was reported to have only fired blank bullets into the air to disperse the protesters.

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