Ibikunle Ogunleye, one of the five persons standing trial over last year’s bank robberies in Offa, Kwara state, has told an Ilorin high court that the police deliberately killed Michael Adikwu, the suspected mastermind of the attack.
Police initially described Adikwu as “sectional gang leader” when he was declared wanted in connection with the robbery and was accused of killing 22 persons, mostly at the Offa police station.
He was later arrested after still pictures from CCTV were released to the public.
Testifying before the court in a “trial within a trial”, Ogunleye claims an officer simply identified as Vincent killed Adikwu.
He says the policeman attached to the police intelligence response team was known as “Mr Torture”.
“They brought the late Adikwu to implicate us but when he said he had not met any of us in his life, Mr Torture shot him to death,” Ogunleye says.
According to TheCable, the police tried to cover up the death of Adikwu, a dismissed policeman.
A police source had said Adikwu — who confessed to have killed several policemen as a revenge for his “unfair” dismissal — was shot dead in the presence of the other suspects in order to coerce confessions from them.
But Jimoh Moshood who was then the Force Public Relations Officer had dismissed the report, saying Adikwu was in custody.
“Michael Adikwu is in police custody. You know he is the one that led the killing of 22 people. So the firearms that were carted away, he is helping the police in the investigation to recover them…there is a state in the south-west where they kept him… I can’t mention the state. He is in one of the south-west states,” he had said.
When told that a source confirmed Adikwu was killed in custody, the police spokesman asked rhetorically “Who killed him? There is nothing like that… we will parade him soon.”