Asiata Adeyanju, 42-year-old woman, has died as a result of shock after her son’s arrest by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS). The incident happened close to her House at 9, Ajenifuja Street, Ilupeju, Lagos on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
Investigation revealed that FSARS operatives from Ipakodo Division in Ikorodu, arrested Muiz, the deceased’s 17-year-old son, when he was about switching on the generator in front of their home.
The operatives allegedly slapped Muiz and hurled him into an unmarked van. A neighbour simply identified as Emmanuel, a teacher, was said to have been slapped by the operatives when he tried to inquire why the young man was being hurled away.
On hearing the commotion outside, late Mrs Adeyanju ran out with only her wrapper and chased the police van and in the process, collapsed. She died while being rushed to a nearby hospital.
Her husband, Musendiku Adeyanju, later met with the operatives at Ilupeju Junction, off Adesiyan Street, to secure his son’s release. It was gathered that the operatives hurriedly left the area when they learnt of Muiz’s mother’s death. None of those arrested was taken to the police station.
They allegedly secured their release at a price. There was wailing on Ajenifuja Street yesterday when Mrs Adeyanju’s body was brought back home. Sympathizers rained curses on the operatives, describing FSARS as “evil organisation”.
Some residents complained that the operatives had been coming to the area for “illegal raids and indiscriminate arrests”. At her wife’s funeral Mr Adeyanju, 43, was all tears.
He described his wife’s death as “devastating agony”, wondering what his son’s offence was to warrant his arrest by the FSARS.