By Nkasi Kolie
A 37-year-old driver, Elijah Shokoya on Monday told Lagos High Court, Ikeja that police officers forced him to sign a statement written by them over his alleged killing of Mr. Olawale Akinmade, an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on January 26, 2021 on the Ikorodu Expressway, Lagos.
Shokoya made the allegations of torture during a trial-within-trial to determine whether the police obtained his statement under duress.
Led in evidence by Mrs Abiodun Kolawole, his counsel, Shokoya who testified in Yoruba Language said, “My statement was obtained in the morning around 7.10 a.m. I was taken to a room outside and I was asked to write. I told the police officers that I could neither read nor write English. The police officers said I was lying and they slapped me. The Investigating Police Officer (IPO) started writing something. I did not understand what she was writing. The other police officer used a stick to hit me on the hand while the IPO was writing. When she finished writing, she asked me to sign what she wrote and I told her I did not understand what she wrote and I refused to sign it.”