Saturday, 31 May 2014

Woa! Corpse abandon in mortuary for 5 years

The Nation Newspaper

SSA 
Since 2009 the corpse of Igbekele Oyeleye who was killed by unknown assassins has been in the mortuary while the father, Pa Lawson Oyeleye is demanding to be allowed to give his son proper burial. Taiwo Abiodun reports
AT the frontage of house number  D/9  Ogbonogodo Street, Arigidi, Akoko, Ondo State, is Pa Lawson Oyeleye, a farmer crying like a baby. The 75 year old man is crying over the gruesome murder of his son, Igbekele Oyeleye, five years ago. His body is still in the morgue. According to him, his late son is  not only crying for justice but he appears to him always in his dream  complaining that  he  has not rested and  begging to be committed to Mother Earth  for him  to rest.
According to him, “My slain son  has been appearing  to me in my dream, crying that his soul is roaming about and found no resting place.”
He continued, “Life has no  meaning  to me again as I count everyday as a bonus since my son had been killed five years ago.” The septuagenarian rhetorically asked “What am I still doing here on earth when my son was killed and everything is gone?”  However, the peasant farmer has vowed to allow God to judge and has therefore resigned to fate.
Each time he remembers the drama of how his son was forcefully taken away in his presence he is always full of tears. “I never  expected my son to be taken away in my presence and be killed. I never believed  life could be cruel to me like that and now it seems to me life  has  no meaning. Now I  am hopeless.” Amid sobs he added “If anybody could be killed like this that means we are living in a ruthless, unmerciful and unjust society. My heart has been wounded and my soul brutalized and it is only God that can heal my wounds.”
Narrating how his son was killed, the old man said his late son, Igbekele was  the Youth  leader in Arigidi, Akoko, Ondo State where there was  struggle  between two contestants over who should be installed as king  and he  (Igbekele) refused to support one of the contestants.
According to him, “it was during the age grade festival  (Igbogbe) when a factional leader of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) (names withheld) with the retinue of his supporters  invaded the small community and unleashed  terror wanting  to support a candidate. Since my son was the community’s Youth leader he was consulted on who to support between the two contestants, but my son said he preferred a literate person who could lead the community which did not go down well with the other group.”
Grieving father
According to Oyeleye, his son was whisked away on that fateful day  “it was on the 20th of August,  2009 when some suspected thugs  came to our house here when everybody  was seated outside here. My son was sitting with one of his brothers and before my very eyes, two of the thugs in the bus they brought pointed at my son as others were brandishing guns and ammunition. They asked him to follow them but he refused. In fact, it was in my presence that he was dragged and forced into their waiting vehicle and driven away to the palace from  there to where he was tortured. When they saw that he was dying he was taken to the Federal Medical Hospital, Owo but he could not talk or open his eyes again. For days he was like that, they had used all kinds of things to hit him until he later died. All I need now is his corpse to be released and buried.”
Speaking about his son, he said ” My son was a farmer and also a bricklayer, he was the community Youth leader and very active , his death is painful.”
What still baffles Pa Oyeleye  is the whereabouts of his Nissan car which was taken away by the thugs, “These  thugs  also came and took my Nissan Car  away  and  I have not seen the car up till  now. I later went to buy this Okada which I have been riding about. At 75 years of age where do I get money to buy a car again?”
In a few days time, Igbogbe, an age grade festival will be celebrated and he lamented “if my son were  here he could have joined in the celebration, he would have ascended another ladder of age grade. Now everybody is rejoicing and planning for the celebration which is every five years but I cannot. I am sad, that is the truth. The yam festival is around the corner in August but where is  my son to join them for the celebration?”
Asked whether he goes to see the body in the mortuary since it has been deposited there, he replied “No. I did not go there. In fact, they told me the two suspects were freed and exonerated from the case. Is this not injustice? I was never called to come to court, I’m only hearing this from the public.  While some said some newspapers carried the news that the suspects had been freed. Now, I am begging the government to release the corpse for me to go and bury him.”
On who is footing the mortuary bill, the man said “I don’t know who is footing the bill. I believe the police would be going there and I don’t want the corpse to be given a mass burial.”
The old man said he wonders why one of the suspects is allowed to be going about with thugs whenever he visits the town.
Reminded that an Ondo State DPP had exonerated the three suspects, according to a legal advice signed on behalf of the state Attorney-General by a senior legal officer in the ministry, J.M Itiola, and authenticated by the director of DPP, Mrs. A.O Adeyemi-Tuki to the Assistant Commissioner of Police, ‘D’ Department (CID), Ondo State police command and dated August 23, 2013; the petitioner has no credible evidence linking the suspects to the alleged killing in 2009.
The legal advice conclude thus; “In view of the above, I have so many unresolved doubts in my minds considering the gap in the period of years between the incidences and the fact that several other names were mentioned in connection with the incidence, who were never arrested or interrogated.”
Pa Oyeleye said ” I heard so. But my concern is the corpse of my son for burial. I have left everything to God.” He alleged that a member of the family was used as an instrument to get his son.
He said his son’s three wives have since left adding “You know women, they have gone to remarry, and whenever I  see his children I always feel sad. But what still bothers me is that I am surprised that one could snuff life out of another man and be moving freely.”
He said the blood of his son is crying for justice.

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