The family of Taiye Atobiloye, a police inspector who died while in custody at the ‘D’ Division of the Kogi State Police Command, has demanded N20 million in compensation from the police.
The family’s lawyer, A.G. Ademola-Bank, stated in a release that the police were negligent and insensitive to the medical condition of the deceased, which led to his death.
Taiye was posted to the Zone 8 Police Command in Kogi State on special duty, but he declined the posting after a disagreement with another inspector.
Taiye was later detained in a cell at the zonal headquarters for absence from work without permission. Taiye’s wife, Oluwabukola, claimed that Taiye’s phone was collected from him, and she was unable to reach him afterwards. Taiye died in the cell and did not have a child with his wife after 12 years of marriage.
The family is demanding a thorough investigation into the cause of Taiye’s death, a public apology, the immediate payment of all the deceased’s entitlements, and the funding of his burial.
The Force Public Relations Officer stated that the Inspector-General of Police had ordered an investigation into Taiye’s death and assured that justice would be served.