Two men has narrated how they were tortured when detained at the Odogbo 2Mechanised Division, Ibadan, capital of Oyo State by soldiers on October 29, 2020.
The two, Mr Adewale Salawu, an Ibadan-based lawyer and Prince Kunle Adelakun, the Jagunmolu Agbekoya of Yorubaland, stated days after their release, they were still receiving treatments over the torture which lasted for hours.
In their narration, the chieftain and the lawyer said they were arrested together with some individuals 15 days ago during an argument between an Operation Burst team personnel and an Agbekoya member.
Salawu and Adelakun said they still feel the body pains despite no pyhsical injuries
Adelakun said, “I went straight to the hospital after being released. I was hospitalised for two nights. I was placed on drip and injection. Up till now, I am still recuperating. I am still feeling the impact of the torture at the army barracks.”
Narrating his experience, he said, “It is sad that we are having this kind of experience under the Muhammadu Buhari administration. It brings a bad memory to mind that late Busari Adelakun ‘Eruobodo,’ my father, was arrested alongside other politicians in the South-West after the Buhari/Idiagbon coup.
“My father did not come out of it. Now, they try to silence people. If you don’t belong to them, they will treat you as their enemy,” he said.
However, explaining how he was detained, the chieftain said, “I came down to see what went wrong. They said a soldier slapped a member of Agbekoya. Possibly, the civilian retaliated but I wasn’t sure.
“While trying to pacify the soldier, a team of soldiers arrived at the scene and I was arrested in order for me to identify the person who slapped the soldier.
“A lawyer popularly called Barrister Salawu later came around and asked about what led to the trouble. He was also arrested. They fired shots into the air and also dragged a few people into the patrol van of Operation Burst.
“They moved eight of us to 2 Mechanised Division, Odogbo. There we were tortured. We didn’t know the whereabouts of their superior who ordered our arrest. Some hunters who were arrested were later brought to where we were.”
Adelakun disclosed that the lawyer was an asthma patient, he said, “He was not with his inhaler. He had crisis in the process, so they poured water on him to resuscitate him. They put us in a guard room measuring about 18 square metre.
“They put 36 of us there, including some secondary school boys. It became stuffy. So, at some point, I managed to talk to one of the soldiers and he asked me to move to the airy side.”
Adelakun added, “I went straight to the hospital after being released. I was hospitalised for two nights. I was placed on drip and injection. Up till now, I am still recuperating. I am still feeling the impact of the torture at the army barracks.”
Salawu in his own ordeal said, “On getting to the front of the Oyo State Secretariat on Thursday, October 29 for the security meeting, I saw someone being brutalised by soldiers.
“When I moved closer, I saw Mr Adelakun being pinned down. I told the leader of Operation Burst that that the man being held was an Agbekoya chief. They pinned me down too.”