When it seems Nigerians have moved on after clamouring for the scrap of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, it plague is still spreading.

An auto parts dealer in the Owode Onirin area of Lagos State, Lukman Ogundele, has reportedly died in SARS custody.

It was learnt that Lukman and his friend, Saheed Abayomi, had been arrested by SARS operatives for facilitating the sale of a stolen saloon car.

Reports suggest the police apprehended Lukman at midnight on December 29, 2017 and took him into custody in Ikeja, where he was detained alongside Abayomi and two others.

Abayomi and Lukman’s families were said to have searched for them at police stations across the state, until on December 31 when Abayomi’s mother traced him to the SARS' office.

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Lukman’s wife, Wunmi Ogundele, and relatives consequently visited SARS office on several occasions, but were not allowed to see him.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said Lukman died naturally on January 2, adding that the victim’s relatives were informed about the death through a family member, who is a policeman.

"The boy was arrested for armed robbery with four others. Along the line, he was sick while in the cell and was taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

"The doctor treated him and the police took him back.  He was returned to custody.

"The next day, he collapsed and was rushed back to the hospital. On getting to the hospital, he was confirmed dead by a doctor. Other gang members have been arraigned and remanded in prison.”


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