The family of a university admission seeker named Temitope Johnson, who died in the hands of a Department of State Service (DSS) operative, has accused the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Osun State Police Command of releasing the killer of their son, Bamidele.
It was gathered that Bamidele and his men stormed the Ayope area of Owode Ede in Osun State on October 6, and shot sporadically after a resident called them to intervene in a fight.
The security operatives killed the 21-year-old Temitope and arrested three of his friends. The friends were reportedly taken to the DSS office in Osogbo. The deceased’s family was then chased out of the DSS office when they visited to check on him without knowing he was dead.
The father of the deceased, Segun, said when all efforts to see his son proved abortive, he wrote a petition to the police against the DSS. And that, upon the receipt of his petition, the police arrested Bamidele on November 26. The father however said the suspect was released the following day.
He said, “When I heard about the incident, I went to the DSS office in Osogbo thinking my son was still alive, but we were chased out. So, I wrote a petition to the police against them.”
“I was called to the State CID. When I got there, Bamidele was arrested and he confessed that it was true they went to the area and killed my son, but he did not say where the corpse was. I was promised that investigation would be carried out, only for me to get there the next day and saw that Bamidele had been released.”
The Osun State Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, said she had not been briefed on the matter and could not comment on the reports.