By GBENGA ARIYIBI
ADO-EKITI— Mrs Florence Fasere, mother of the 28-year-old, 400-level student of Ekiti State University, EKSU, Seyi Fasere, that was allegedly mistaken for an armed robber last week at Oye Ekiti, yesterday, narrated the circumstances that led to the untimely death of her son.
According to her, Seyi who was at home in Ilupeju Ekiti for few days, was returning to school in Ado-Ekiti to take one of his papers after collecting N100,000 school fee on the fateful day.
Mrs Fasere further disclosed that the deceased later proceeded to Oye Ekiti, a neighbouring town to take a cab back to his base when the vehicle ran into a robbery scene.
All the occupants of the vehicle boarded by Seyi, according to her, were said to have immediately alighted from the vehicle and ran to the bush for safety on sighting the robbers.
She further disclosed how the police arrested her son and tied his two hands and later shot him at the police station the next day.
According to her, the fact later came out the following day when one of the robbers came out from under a bridge after a heavy rainfall. He was subsequently arrested and later cleared Seyi of involvement in the robbery operation.
According to her: “It was sad for the police to have caught Seyi where he was hiding, tied his hands and detained him from Thursday to Friday before killing him extra-judiciously, just to create the impression that they had caught a robber. They even spread the news that he was a member of the robbery gang.
My son’s hands were tied, detained and killed extra-judiciously by the police — Mother
She said: “On the second day, a heavy rain fell and the robber, who sustained injury during the gun duel was washed out of the culvert where he was hiding before the police now realized that their game was up.”
Mrs Fasere further disclosed that the injured robber, who was receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Ido Ekiti, also disclosed that all the members of the gang came from KogiState and that Seyi was not a member.
Eyewitness corroborates Seyi’s mother’s claim
Also a 72-year-old witness, Mrs Adewuyi, who corroborated Mrs Fasere’s explanation, disclosed that Seyi was never a member of the robbery gang, saying he was just a victim of circumstance, as she boarded the same vehicle with Seyi before they ran into the robbery gang.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr Victor Babayemi, who confirmed the story said the police was able to smash the robbery operation owing to ingenuity of his men.
Babayemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, added that Seyi‘s corpse was discovered in the bush the second day when his men combed the scene of the incident, thereby dispelling the insinuation that he was arrested and shot by his men to cover up.
We are still investigating — Police
The PPRO insisted that Seyi is still a suspected member of the robbery gang pending the conclusion of the investigation.
The PPRO said: “One of the robbers who was shot and arrested said he could not identify Seyi because he was not among the team that attacked the station. He said that he was part of the team who attacked the bank.
He also explained that their gang leader recruited them separately. So we do not know if he was one of the robbers or he was caught in the crossfire. But we are still investigating.