By Dayo Johnson
Akure—A twist was, yesterday, introduced to the alleged torture to death of the father of an eight-year-old girl, Rasak Ahmed, arrested for incest by officials of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ondo State Command.
The command through its spokesperson, Samuel Oladapo, denied that the suspect was tortured to death, but said he committed suicide while in their custody.
However, in a swift reaction, the deceased’s widow, Mubiat, put a lie to the suicide story by the command, insisting that he was tortured to death.
Speaking with newsmen, Mubiat said: “l was there that afternoon when he was being beaten with sticks by no fewer than 10 of their officials.
“He was tied upside down and was beaten inside their cell, while they tried to make him confess to the allegation.
“It was when we came back to give him food that afternoon that we were informed that he had committed suicide.”
Recall that the younger sister of the deceased, Mrs Taiwo, while speaking on behalf of the family alleged that his brother was beaten to death with a stick, while detectives were trying to extract confessional statements from him.
The deceased, who was arrested on Sunday over allegations of incest at his Aule residence in Akure metropolis, died three days after in the command’s cell.
Mrs Taiwo had sent an SOS to both President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu to investigate his brother’s death.
However, speaking with newsmen, the command’s image Maker, Oladapo, said “ it is not true that the suspect who was arrested for having carnal knowledge of his 8-year-old daughter was tortured by our officials.
“ The suspect was arrested on Sunday following a complaint by his son, Ibrahim, that his father was having sexual intercourse with his sister.
“The suspect was arrested by our men at our out-post station and brought to the state headquarters on Monday for proper investigations.
“And during our investigation, Ahmed confessed to the offence and attributed it to devil’s work.
“Before he was detained in the cell, he was complaining and begging that he should be allowed to put on his buba and sokoto because he had a cold which we obliged.
“Meanwhile, he was brought to the headquarters around 6p.m. and surprisingly, when one of our men approached his cell to deliver food brought by one of his relatives he was found dangling on iron door of the cell being a short man, having torn his cloth to hang himself.
“It was unfortunate that he was the only inmate in the cell which made it easy for him to carry out the dastardly act,”.
Absolving the command of complicity, Oladapo said the “NSCDC is civil and does not torture suspect let alone killing a suspect.
“The motto of NSCDC is civil. We do not torture because it is not our tradition and it is against our mandate,”.
Oladapo said that the corpse had been deposited in a government hospital for autopsy while the police had commenced an investigation to confirm the cause of his death.
While asking members of the public not to see the command in a bad light, the spokesperson pointed out that “this was not the first time that the command would be handling incest cases.