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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Woman Cries Over Son 'Shot and Tagged Cultist' By Ogun Amotekun Operatives


           • Distraught mother, Amoke


"They have destroyed his leg, he could not walk again, they just abandoned him there at the Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta without taking care of his hospital bills or treatment. The hospital is asking us to pay millions of Naira, the Amotekun is not paying a dime, the hospital also threatened to discharge him if by Tuesday we don't pay, I know why they are doing this to me, it's because we are poor and has nobody to fight for us

 | The Daily Crucible | Sunday, September 11, 2022

By Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

An aged woman, Amoke Eweje has cried out to Ogun State government to come to her aid and save her only son, Ayodeji Eweje from the hands of the operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network, Amotekun Corps in Ogun command, who shot her son and tagged him cultist.

Mrs Eweje who was speaking to Newsmen at the Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta where Ayodeji was receiving treatment from a gunshot by the Amotekun corps on May 24th, 2022, called for investigation into the whole scenario and help salvage the leg of her son from being amputated.

Speaking to Journalists on his sick bed, Ayodeji said the whole incident happened on 24th May, 2022, when he went to watch the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun commissioning Adigbe, Panseke road.

"I just returned from South Africa where I had gone to seek for greener pasture, but on getting to Abeokuta, I saw that the whole thing has changed, and I was excited with the transformation at my area in Adigbe, I decided to take a stroll that fateful day, and as fate would have it, it was the day the governor was commissioning, the Panseke Adigbe road  

I Joined other onlookers at the overhead bridge at Panseke when the law enforcement officers told us to leave, I obeyed, but maybe the man thought I was not fast enough, he got gripped of me and handed me over to the Amotekun corps, and after the commissioning, rather for them to allow me to go, the Amotekun man took me to their office at Oke-Ilewo, in Abeokuta without telling me what was my offence.

It was in their custody that I was also taken to Imeko, in Imeko Afon local government area of Ogun State. 

Speaking on why he was shot, Ayodeji said he could not know why those men shot his leg, but what he could remember was on a certain Sunday evening, he was told to come out and on getting out, an officer told him to climb into the roof for a certain repair of the office, while doing that, another one came and shot at me alleging that I wanted to escape from custody.

He narrated that he was put into one dark room for about there months without been charged to court, or handed over to police or informing his family of his whereabout.

Also speaking, Mrs Amoke Eweje, mother of Ayodeji appealed to the state government to save her son from dying and help in the payment for the treatment of the leg.

         •Ayodeji

She told journalists that she had been searching for the whereabout of her son since May 24th, and was able to get a clue when somebody who claimed to be calling from Amotekun office informed her that her son is in their custody, and need help.

It was around August that the person called, we quickly rushed to their office at Oke-Ilewo, but was told that nothing like that happened. We were told that Ayodeji was not with them 

Again, a week later, the person called with another number, saying that we need to save my son or he may be tagged a cultist or kidnapper, and thereby killed him. This time around, we were worried, we sought for assistance of a human right lawyer, who helped to petition Commissioner of Police, and it was through the Police that we were able to know that truly, Ayodeji is with the Amotekun Corps, and was taken to Imeko Afon office for a reason known to them.

Mrs Eweje added that the first time he set his eyes on his son in the hospital bed, with his leg badly damaged, she cried bitterly, since this is a boy that was full of life and an easy going boy 

She said when she asked the Amotekun officer, why his son was treated this way without informing the family, or the Police or better still taken to court since May 24th, nobody could give her any response.

"Now, they have destroyed his leg, he could not walk again, they just abandoned him there at the Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta without taking care of his hospital bills or treatment. 

The hospital is asking us to pay millions of Naira, the Amotekun is not paying a dime, the hospital also threatened to discharge him if by Tuesday we don't pay, I know why they are doing this to me, it's because we are poor and has nobody to fight for us.

Speaking to Our Correspondent, one of the Consultant in the hospital who pleaded for anonymity said since Ayodeji was brought to the Hospital few weeks ago, all what they could get as payment was a paltry sum of Twenty Thousand Naira (N20, 000, ) and the hospital has incurred not less than two Hundred thousand on him 

'His leg has been damaged, a section of the bone is already missing, if he will walk again, we will need to urgently do surgery on his leg, we need a metal and other materials to be used, and if by Tuesday, we don't have a positive response from the Amotekun or family, we may have to discharge him and seek for treatment somewhere else 

We have taken care of the wounds, we are doing daily treatment and dressing of the wounds, but the surgery need to be urgently done 

Reacting, Mr David Akinremi, the Ogun State Commandant of the South West Security Outfit, code-named  “Amotekun”, said Ayodeji and his gang has been on the wanted list of the corps for a long time.

David Akinremi, a retired Commissioner of Police said Ayodeji is a notorious cultist who have been tormenting the Adigbe area of Abeokuta for a long time.

"When he was apprehended at Panseke during the commissioning of Panseke Adigbe road by the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and handed over to us, he was taken in our custody and we began investigation into his past deeds, it was during the investigation that he escaped to Imeko where he was apprehended again.

We tried to profile him again, but in the process, he wanted to escape through the ceiling of the custody he was kept, it was then our personnel shot at his leg, and immediately we took him to hospital for treatment.

He said the command has bee responsible for his treatment and will ensure that he is okay before he is taken to court.

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