Erstwhile staff of Ecobank Nigeria Plc, Babatunde Oke, who died in police custody, has been buried on Saturday, March 15, 2014. He was laid to rest in his hometown in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State even as the family vowed to unravel the cause of his death.
Babatunde died after being detained at the Falomo Police Division over allegation of N1.2m theft by his employers.
He was accused of having stolen the sum from the bank’s Automated teller Machine while he was the head teller at the Ladipo branch. He was consequently locked up, pending when he would pay back the money.
The deceased’s widow, Ebun, had petitioned the National Assembly to investigate the cause of her husband’s death, which the Police claimed resulted from a bottle of soft drink.
Edun countered this by saying that Babatunde could not have taken soft drink because he did not like it.
The family lawyer, Segun Akinloye, of Adeyinka Adetosoye and Co, reportedly said that the corpse of the deceased was released to the family on Saturday for burial.
It was learnt that relatives and colleagues of the late banker trooped out to pay him their last respect when his remains were interred around 2pm on Saturday.
According to Akinloye, “The body of Babatunde Oke departed the mortuary through a convoy organised by his secondary school mates.
“It left Lagos Island Mortuary at about 9.30am and arrived at Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State around 2pm. The body was eventually laid to rest amidst wails, tears and lamentations of town folks, families and loved ones, who urged us to obtain justice for Babatunde Oke.”
The family of the deceased are said to be worried about the delay in the release of the result from an autopsy carried out with samples from the deceased’s body.