Man Condemned To Death, Narrates Ordeal After Spending 24 Years In Prison.Photos
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March 22, 2019 ( Post 1 )
An innocent man who was sentenced to prison - regained his freedom after spending 24 years. The man identified as Olaide Olatunji narrated how he was wrongly arrested, falsely accused of conspiracy to commit murder and thrown in jail after the torture and beatings by the police.
The man who was condemned to death - narrated his story to Joint Legal Action Aids after his release from prison. Read below;
HOW IT STARTED.
That year, as the time for the Ileya Festival drew closer, we were going to supply some companies with cattle so I had to go and buy them from Niger state. He listed all the things that I was going to buy â cows, rams and goats. I left Lagos on the 30th of May, 1988 to Gwari in Niger state. I had to go inside the bush to select the animals I wanted so that I would get a trailer to convey them to Lagos.
I said I didnât know anything about it that I was selecting rams there. Then they arrested me and took me to the police station even though the interpreter told them I had been coming to the village for some time.
The next day, the 1st of June, they said the case could not be handled at that station and it was transferred to the State CID at Niger. From there they transferred me to Ilorin in Kwara state. All the while, I never knew what they were accusing me of. After a week, some policemen came from Lagos, they said they were from the Anti-Terrorsist squad and they conveyed me and some people that were arrested with me to Lagos.
PAIN , TORTURE AND TRIAL
The policemen said the people fled into the bush that was why they were looking for visitors around that area. All the while I had no idea why I had been arrested. The confessional statement in my case file, they wrote it themselves and forced me to sign. After that they transferred me to Ikoyi Prison and that was where they resumed another round of torture.
I spent almost 9 months there before they took me to court with four other men. I didnât even know those men. They charged us all for conspiracy to murder. My lawyer told me to plead âNot Guiltyâ so I did and from there they took me to Kirikiri Medium Security Prison.
They put me in a condemned cell. It was hell on earth. They kept 9 of us in a very small room. That was where we took our bath, ate, slept, defecated and eased ourselves. There were no beds. Who would give us beds? By law, they donât let any condemned man come out. But sometimes, they let us out for about one hour in a day. Life in the prison was very rough. There, I hardly slept. The prison authorities gave us food but not good food.
WIFE AND CHILDREN
As a young woman, if my wife was my sister, I would have even advised her to marry someone else because no one knew when I was going to come out. I wonât advice my sister to wait for a man who doesnât have hope of coming out. She has married again and I donât feel bad about it. My children used to come once in a while but they donât really know me. Now that I am out, they will know me better.
THE CALL TO CHANGE AND GO HOME.
On the 5th of June 2012, they called me to come to the Welfare Unit to get the progress of my case. I said I wasnât not going there. Some people that were sitting with me said I should go but I said I wasnât going, that they will just be lying to me. Later I called Pastor Popoola. He said âEgbonâ (Big brother), I said âwetin be datâ (what is it?). He said âo ti sele oâ (It has happened). He said the court of Appeal has let me go. I just started shouting, I didnât know what to do, how to thank him. I was very happy.ml[/quote]
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