Mrs. Christiana Ajitena on Tuesday sought for Justice for her husband whom she alleged have been remanded in Prisons custody by the police without proper investigation of the matter over which he was incarcerated.
The Daily Times, reports that Mrs. Ajitena made this appeal during a peaceful protest by her family to the Edo House of Assembly and Secretariat of the Edo Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Benin.
The protesters were armed with placards with various inscriptions, with the woman alleging plans by the police to frame up her husband.
It was learnt that Mr. Adebayo Ajitena was arrested over an alleged murder of the Chief Imam of Egbeta Mosque in Ovia North East Local Government Area, Mallam Saka Afolabi.
Afolabi was reportedly killed on March 4th in the presence of his three children by three gunmen while on his way to his farm.
Ajitena said though her husband had issue with the deceased, he never did what he was being accused of, noting that she was with her husband in far away Shagamu when the incident occurred.
She alleged that the police is acting on a script in connivance with some certain individual to ensure her husband was put away in prison.
She said this accounted for why the police failed to thoroughly investigate the matter, but rather, hurriedly arraign the husband before a magistrate court in Benin.
“I want well meaning Nigerians who are for justice to please assist me and my family for my husband to get justice.The police alleged that my husband personally fired the shot that killed Afolabi and i asked, how can a man who is in Shagamu at the time the killing took place fire the shot himself.
“The police have since find out this and instead of thoroughly investigating the matter, they hurriedly went ahead to arraign my husband,” she said.
Meanwhile, the farmer, Ajitena Adebayo, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) over an alleged plan by the Edo Command of the Police to frame him up for the murder of one Saka Afolabi.
This was contained in a petition dated June 12, 2017, and written through his Solicitor, U. L. Osa-Uwagie & Co, and made available to newsmen in Benin on Tuesday.
Adebayo alleged that the then State Commissioner of Police, Mr Haliru Gwandu, had deliberately refused to ensure that Justice was served on the case.
The petitioner noted that the Commissioner had deliberately refused to transmit the case file to the AIG as directed by the IGP in a letter titiled, “Re: Frame Up of Mr Ajitena Maruf Adebayo For The Murder of Saka Afolabi” and dated 22nd March, 2017.
The letter was a response to an earlier written one by Adebayo and dated 20th March, 2017, where he alleged that he was being frame up over the murder of Saka.
In the petition in which the National Security Adviser (NSA) was copied, the accused said he was paraded on Television by the police even before his statement was taken and investigation on the matter conducted.
He also alleged that in all his statements he made in Homicide Section (SCID), Benin, he raised a strong and verifiable alibi at the very earliest opportunity.
“Even to the effect that on the same day and about an hour after Afolabi was killed, I received a call from one Sergeant Kenedy of Okada Divisional Police Headquarters, asking about my location and I said Shagamu, and the Sergeant said nothing further’” he stated.
The petition alleged that it was clear to the police that contrary to their allegations that the deceased, accompanied by his children and wife was on his way to the mosque for morning prayers, but that he was actually alone, coming from the home of one Iya Ibeji Ologi, another man’s wife, where he had passed the night, when the incident occurred.
The petitioner decried the shoddy investigation by the Homicide section of the SCIID under the direct interference of the state police commissioner.
He however expressed confidence that a professional, detailed and thorough investigation would be done by the AIG, zone 5, Benin.