Legal Nigeria

Four policemen arrested over businessman’s death

Four policemen from the Special Anti-Robbery squad unit of the Lagos State Police Command have been arrested over the death of a car dealer, Benson Obode, in their custody in Benin City, Edo State.
The four policemen – Adeleke Adedeji, Oniyon Musa, Henry Sobowale, and Abena John had arrested Benson on May 21 and also dumped the corpse of Benson at the Central Hospital Mortuary on same date without informing the family.
Late Benson was arrested for allegedly buying a stolen Ash Colour Peugeot 306.
It is not yet certain how Benson died in police custody but his landlord, Monday Omosigho, who was earlier arrested, said he saw Benson being tortured by the police at the Edo police headquarters.
Lagos State Police Command however told some journalists from a private radio station in Benin City after two months of enquiries that Benson died from ‘mob action’.
Family of late Benson had traveled to Abuja, Portharcourt, Lagos and Kaduna police commands in search of Benson without any knowledge that Benson has been killed.
Police sources told the Nation that the four policemen were being currently being detained in Lagos and would soon be transferred to Benin City.
Elder brother to late Benson, Solomon, said the family has been briefed about the arrest but said they were many unanswered questions like the whereabouts of the N200,000 and ATM cards on his brother the day he was arrested
-The Nation