A Nigerian mother, Mrs. Funmilayo Akinade, has disclosed how her son, Seyi Akinade, committed suicide after losing N7 million in Forex trading following his arrest and illegal detention by operatives of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
DailyTrust reports that Mrs. Akinade, on Thursday 12th November, told the Ogun State judicial panel that her son was a student of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
Mrs Akinade said that on the 3rd of February 2020, SARS operatives from the Zonal Intervention Squad, a police formation at Obada-Oko, near Abeokuta, allegedly raided her son’s hostel and arrested him and some other students.
She said that after the unwarranted arrest, Seyi became depressed and drank Sniper insecticide.
According to one Damilare Adejoro who is a witness and a friend of the deceased, he was one of those arrested that day.
Narrating the incident, Adejoro said that on the 3rd of February, 2020, Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi and his three other colleagues raided their hostel, Chocolate City Hostel at Camp, Abeokuta and arrested all the 17 students staying inside, detained and locked them all night inside the cell at the Station.
“The officers did not tell us what our offence was but rather when we got to the station, we were locked up with other 52 inmates already in a small cell after we were asked to pay a sum of two million naira for bail which we could not afford to pay.”
Adejoro said that while they were in SARS custody, Seyi told the officers that he was a forex trader and would run into a loss if he doesn’t attend to his business, but they refused to give him his mobile phone, slapped and even made a jest of him. This however made Seyi lost over seven million naira.
Adejoro said that before Seyi killed himself on the 22nd of April, 2020, he tweeted “this is my story in case anyone is wondering why I did it”.
He told the panel before Seyi commited suicide, he wrote;
“I guess it’s goodbye now…no one heard my cry for justice and this had to happen haha…bye world”.
Adejoro further appealed to the panel to ensure that justice is served in this case, as he requested that Seyi’s parents should be compensated for the huge loss that led to the death of their son.
The incident was also confirmed by the landlord of the deceased, Olaleye Adejare, who is also an eyewitness.
Adejare said that N120,000 was collected before the students were released without any just cause.
Reacting to their testimonies, the respondents, Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi said that the students were arrested but it was because they got information that some people were smoking marijuana in the hostel even though the deceased, as well as his friend, were not culpable.