EndSARS: Man Whose Wife Died Due To His Unlawful Detention Demands Compensation

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Mr. Osazee Agbontaen, 33, Monday, appeared before Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses and narrated how police unlawfully arrested and detained him based on petition written against him.

Mr. Agbontaen, a farmer and electrical Engineer at Ekowe community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state, said he was detained for two weeks and subsequently taken to prison when his wife was already eight months pregnant.

According to him, he was in prison when his family members came to inform him that his wife has put to bed through Cesarean Section (CS), adding that after 10 days, the same relatives came to tell him that she couldn’t make and has died.

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He argued that had it been he was with his wife she wouldn’t have died, just as he demanded compensation for his wife’s death.

“They asked me if I did not know that they were police officers. They beat me up, dragged me on the floor before throwing me into their van.

“They took me to their station meanwhile, I was already having a pregnant woman as a wife at home. She was with an eight months old pregnancy.

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“So they took me to their station where I spent almost two weeks in their custody before they remanded me to prison”, he said.

He complained that he has lost everything he had and that while in the prison besides lossing his wife, his farm was overgrown with weeds just as he said that the left over parts of his farm were later destroyed by fire.

He noted that upon thorough investigations, the Department of Public Prosecutions, (DPP) and his Investigating Police Officer, (IPO) came up to say he has no case to answer.

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