Missing car: Oyo Judicial panel summons DPO, CID

The Oyo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality on Thursday summoned a senior police officer identified as Morufu Odunayo, who was sometimes the Divisional Police Officer at Bodija Police Station as well as a police officer at the state Criminal Investigative Department CID Iyaganku, Tunde Ajibade known as Otanna and a security guard at an event center Bodija, to appear before the panel to explain the circumstances surrounding a missing of a car at the event center.

The car owner, Kunle Ajayi, had filed a petition before the judicial panel, complaining of poor treatment from the police after his vehicle which was parked at the event centre got missing while he was transacting his business at the center.

In his testimony before the panel, Ajayi stated that a guard at the center directed him to park where he parked his car and he was therefore surprised that his car got missing where it was parked at the guard’s instruction.

He explained that after he discovered his car was missing, he approached the police station at Bodija but nobody attended to him, adding that he later went to the state CID where he met an officer identified as Tunde Ajibade, known as Otanna, who collected N15,000 from him before allowing him to write his complaint but when he went back to follow up on his complaint, the officer threatened him not to ever come back.

He prayed the panel to order a full investigation into the issue of his missing car and to retrieve the N15,000 Otanna collected from him.

The members of the panel blamed the police over their failure to make attempts to find the car and the chairman of the panel, Emeritus Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Badejoko Adeniji, ordered the police counsel, Mr. Mathew Ojeah to produce the two police officers and also instructed the panel’s secretary to write the management of the event center to appear before the panel with the guard that directed the petitioner on where to park.

The petition was adjourned till April 14, 2021.

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