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Falana seeks probe into artisan’s death in IGP’s special squad custody

Activist lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has requested a coroner’s investigation into the death of an Ibadan artisan Olaoluwa Bolarinwa, 41, in the custody of the Inspector General of Police’ (IG) Special Tactical Squad (STS), Ayobo, Lagos.

He made the request yesterday in a letter addressed to the Chief Coroner, High Court of Lagos State and signed on behalf of his chambers by Taiwo Olawanle.

The deceased, according to his family, was arrested from his home in Ibadan, on grounds that they needed him to provide the whereabout of his friend alleged to be an armed robber.

They said the Police bundled him into STS custody, where he was allegedly beaten and tortured to death.


In the letter to the Chief Coroner, Falana said the family directed the chamber to report Bolarinwa’s death under controversial circumstances, as it didn’t seem he died of natural course.

The Family, upon hearing his death requested for the body of the deceased to be released for an autopsy but all efforts proved unsuccessful.

“In view of the foregoing, we have the instructions of our clients to humbly request Your Lordship to conduct an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of the said Mr. Olaoluwa Bolarinwa,” the letter said.

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