Defense counsels for the eight suspects facing trial for the murder of a University of Ilorin (Unilorin) student, Olajide Omowumi Blessing, have accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of torturing their clients to extract confessions.
In their respective submissions at the Kwara State High Court, presided over by Justice Adebayo Yusuf, the counsels alleged that their clients were tortured, beaten, and coerced to give statements.
The court should not admit such statements as evidence.
AbdulAzeez Ismail’s lawyer, Barr Shina Ibiyemi, told the court that the DSS used tasers and whips on his client in order to extract confessions from him.
Another lawyer, Barr Lukman Bello, also claimed that the statement credited to the eighth defendant, Akande Oladoja, was not written by him.
Femi Babalola, the ninth witness in the case, dismissed the allegations, saying the defendants volunteered their confessional statements without being intimidated in any way.
Babalola said that no operative manhandled any of the suspects in order to obtain confessions from them. It is illegal to torture or harass anyone.”
Continuing the hearing to September 23 and 24 has been adjourned by the judge.