The Ogun State Police Command has dismissed claims that Oduyiga Seyi Samson, a 39-year-old alleged cultist, died as a result of torture in its detention facility. According to the State Police Command’s spokesperson, SP Omolola Odutola, the individual in question passed away in the hospital and not while in police custody.
SP Odutola, in a statement released to the press on Sunday, clarified that Oduyiga Seyi Samson and another alleged cultist, Gbenga Adejoke, were apprehended around the Atoyo area of Sagamu following reprisal cult clashes that occurred in the town in October.
The police further explained that during interrogation, Oduyiga and Gbenga confessed to being members of the outlawed Buccaneer cult.
The statement highlighted, “It is a fact of public knowledge that Sagamu town witnessed a series of cult clashes where five rival cultists were murdered. Following an intelligence report that suspected cultists on the wanted list of the Ogun State Police Command were within the Atoyo area of Sagamu, on Tuesday, November 18, 2023, the police swung into action on a covert operation where two suspected cultists were apprehended.”
The Ogun State Police Command emphasized its commitment to upholding fundamental human rights laws, asserting that torture is strictly against its protocols and principles. The police clarified that the deceased had already been charged for cult-related activities and was scheduled for arraignment before a special court on cultism on November 23, 2023. However, the court did not sit, and he was brought back to Eleweran in Abeokuta.
On November 24, Seyi reportedly exhibited aggressive behavior in the cell, biting and assaulting other suspects until he was exhausted. He was taken to the police hospital and later to Ijaye General Hospital, Abeokuta, along with other suspects he had bitten, for medical treatment against infection. While other suspects were treated and discharged, Seyi, under medical attention, passed away.
The statement concluded by debunking other allegations and mentioned that the Commissioner of Police, CP Alamutu Abiodun Mustapha, expressed condolences to the deceased’s family. Further details will be provided upon the release of the autopsy report.