The Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Mr. Isaac Eke, has said the command has begun full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a female politician, Mrs Ronke Adeluga, who was allegedly beaten to death by police officers in Akure.
The commissioner of police disclosed this to reporters, while receiving the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, in charge of zone 11, Oshogo, Mrs. Kalafite Adeyemi, who was on a familiarization tour to the state.
Besides, Eke confirmed that the command has arrested seven police officers allegedly involved in the death of Mrs. Adelugba, assuring that the police will soon unravel the cause of her death.
The deceased, Mrs Adelugba, who was a chieftain of the Accord Party (AP) in the state, was allegedly beaten to death by some police officers who invaded her house in search of some suspects.
Eyewitnesses told reporters that she was allegedly hit with gun butt and beaten by two of the seven policemen who came to the house after an argument with her.
The police boss said, “What happened was that the policemen who went for that unfortunate incident stormed a hideout where criminals go to do certain activities, like smoking of India hemp, but unfortunately on arrival, from alleged information, some of those criminals fled the scene and they went after them.
“Two of the criminals traversed into a premises, a woman’s house, and in the process, two of them were arrested, thereafter, the next thing that we heard, was that the woman had died. So, the circumstance of her death is being investigated.
“The suspects arrested will be able to tell us what actually happened, and at least, there are people who were present in that premises who were with the woman, that is what we are beginning to unravel, the circumstances that led to her death.”
The AIG, Mrs. Adeyemi, called on the people of the South West to be conscious of their environment and observe activities in their neighbourhood.
She said to combat crime in the society the people must identify their neighbours and be able to report any strange movement to the police.
The AIG warned the people not to engage strangers in any domestic employment, saying kidnapping and other criminal cases have shown that insiders were always used for most criminal jobs.
Adeyemi said members of the communities must be involved in combating crimes.
She said the police was going into the grassroots to sensitize them in order to partner with them to bring an end to crime in Nigeria.