SHOCKING: How Nigeria’s secret police, SSS, “tortured” man to death; then paid family N15 million to keep mum

SSS operatives
SSS operatives

After “torturing” a man to death, Nigeria’s secret police, SSS, exploited the influence of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, to pay a paltry N15 million compensation to the victim’s family, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

At about 2.30 a.m. on April 4, SSS operatives on the trail of a suspect accused of cloning the phone number of the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, stormed No 37, Aje Street, Pleasure, in the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos in commando style.

Residents of the address said the operatives scaled the fence of the compound, screaming and threatening as they knocked down doors and shattered ceilings. They rough-handled residents, who thought they were armed robbers as they did not introduce themselves, dragged them from their beds, ordered them out of their apartments and forced them to sit on the dusty ground of the compound.

About an hour later, when they were done harassing the residents, Saheed Eyitayo, 34, a friend to the suspect the operatives were looking for, laid in the dust motionless – beaten to a pulp by the operatives.

One resident, who described the entire experience as “nightmarish,” told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Eyitayo was so battered that he couldn’t stand unaided – three operatives had to drag him into one of the vans the armed men brought with them.

Unfortunately, that was the last time he would be seen alive in public.

The operatives were led to the residence by Adejoke Ogunbona, the wife of the wanted man, Rilwanu Jamiu. While on the run for the alleged crime, Mr. Jamiu, who is now facing trial alongside another suspect, had spent few days at Mr. Eyitayo’s apartment before moving on to another place in the Oke Aro area of Lagos, where he was eventually arrested.

It is not clear if Mr. Eyitayo knew his friend was a fugitive when he allowed him to stay at his apartment.

Mr. Jamiu’s wife had visited her husband while he was hiding at Mr. Eyitayo’s apartment. Though she later confessed that even though she knew her husband was no longer at Mr. Eyitayo’s apartment, she took the SSS operatives there.

Suspicious death

Three days after the raid, the SSS invited Mr. Eyitayo’s landlord, Mathew Sobiye, to the Lagos office in Shangisha and told him, for the first time, that they had carried out the raid on his compound and that Mr. Eyitayo was dead.

They warned him not to disclose this to anyone, the Septuagenarian said.

Saheed Eyitayo
Saheed Eyitayo

The SSS claimed Mr. Eyitayo was resisting arrest on the night of the raid and tried to jump from the moving van as he was being conveyed to their office. They said he died from injuries sustained in the process.

But Mr. Eyitayo’s family would have none of that. They claimed that from account of fellow tenants at his Pleasure residence, he was already unconscious when he was handcuffed and carried into the waiting van.

They wondered how an unconscious man in chains could overpower several SSS operatives and jump to his death. They said if the SSS had nothing to hide, it shouldn’t have waited for 19 days before formally informing them of Mr. Eyitayo’s death.

Michael Lasisi, one of Mr. Eyitayo’s relatives, told PREMIUM TIMES that the SSS waited that long because they were trying to perfect a fabricated story to hide the fact that they tortured Mr. Eyitayo to death.

“We had gone to the SSS office several times, and they told us ‘come back you cannot see him.’ Until finally on the 23rd (of April), 19 days after he was killed, they now told one of my brothers Oyetunji that he had died. Meanwhile they had told the landlord not to tell anybody that he had died.

“They did that so as the days elapsed they would be able to manufacture lies to cover up the official criminality. They could not tell us what he has done. They said his friend was part of those who cloned the governor’s number. They traced the friend to his house but they did not see him.

At a meeting between Mr. Eyitayo’s family and the SSS on May 3 at their Shangisha office, angered by an SSS attempt to implicate Mr. Eyitayo in the number cloning scam, Mr. Lasisi and other family members walked out on the officials of the secret service threatening to drag the agency to court.

“A SHOW OF SHAME”

Not wanting the story of the alleged extrajudicial killing by its operatives out in the open, the SSS approached Mr. Akiolu, the paramount traditional monarch in Lagos, to appeal to the family of the dead man, after its original attempt to use officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice failed to assuage Mr. Eyitayo’s family.

Some members of the family said they first suspected that something was fishy when those who had resisted the antics of the Lagos State officials were exempted from the delegation to meet with Mr. Akiolu.

“I think the SSS had told the Oba that some members of the family who gave them a hard time during the initial discussion shouldn’t be allowed to be part of the negotiation. The excuse they gave was that the Oba did not want a crowd in his palace,” a family member, who sought anonymity for security reasons, said.

Several family sources present described the negotiation at the monarch’s palace as a show of shame. They said the moment the SSS offered to pay N15 million, some of the most outspoken members of the delegation suddenly became quiet.

They said Mr. Akiolu doused the flickering flame of resistance from the family members when he appealed to them to accept what the SSS was offering in order to bring a closure to the matter and stop acting like they were there to sell the body of their dead kin.

“The family lawyer put up a spirited effort to make the DSS [as the SSS is also called] pay more compensation, but members of Saheed’s family would have none of that,” an attendee at the meeting said.

“In fact, one of them was stepping on his (lawyer’s) feet and telling him not to be too hard of the DSS and to accept whatever the DSS was offering so that the matter can be settled. The lawyer was almost in tears,” another family source said.

“At a point, they even threatened to fire the lawyer if he would not agree with the decision of the family.”

“One of them said that they should accept the offer of the DSS because the body of Saheed was suffering and they needed to bury him urgently to stop the suffering,” the source said.

Another source, however, added that Mr Akiolu insisted that N10 million be given entirely to the parents of the deceased. He also insisted that the SSS must pay the lawyer’s professional fees.

According to our sources, the five million that was remaining from the compensation paid was shared among members of the deceased’s family involved in the negotiation.

Meanwhile, even as they agreed to accept the compensation, none of the victim’s family members had seen his corpse as the SSS did not disclose where it kept the body.

The family did not also press the SSS to conduct an autopsy on the deceased as required by Lagos State laws for persons who died under suspicious circumstances like Mr. Eyitayo.

“The DSS did not allow the family see the corpse of the dead victim before they forced the family to reach a negotiation. That was the plan. When they finished the negotiation, they called Saheed’s uncle to come and look at the body but he was only shown his legs,” one of our sources said.

CUT AND BRUISES ALL OVER

Family members who saw Mr. Eyitayo’s corpse after it was released for burial by the SSS said it dawned on them the reason the agency refused to let his family see the body before the negotiation was concluded and all documents signed.

“If you see the corpse, you would know that he was tortured and killed in a brutal manner. He had two deep cuts in the back of his head, apparently inflicted by a machete or other similar sharp objects. There were cuts and bruises all over his body,” the source said.

As part of the agreement reached with the deceased family, the SSS agreed to foot the bill for his funeral. Mr. Eyitayo’s body was carried to his hometown in Oyo for burial in the most disrespectful manner, the source said.

“If you see the way they carried his body home. They couldn’t even get a proper vehicle to deliver his body to his family.

“They got a rickety vehicle. On their way to Oyo State, the vehicle conveying his body was so old that its tyres bust twice before it got to the town. And they spent several hours on the road fixing the tyres.

“His body was not even put in a casket. He was taken home for burial in a body bag made of jute sack. The type used for keeping rice.

Babs Animashaun, the lawyer who represented the family, declined to discuss details of the negotiation when reached for comments. He however said the family has moved on after settlement.

“That is strictly confidential between the parties. I cannot share the details of the settlement with the public,” he said.

“The family agreed to settle with the SSS out of court. They can never be happy with what has happened but at least they were able to move on. That is what is important,” he added.

The SSS could not be reached for comments. The agency does not have a spokesperson, neither does it have an email address or phone number through which it can be contacted. Before the current administration, the SSS used to have a spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, but the current leadership of the agency led by Lawal Daura, has refused to appoint one or disclose how it should be officially contacted for enquiries.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited the palace of the Oba of Lagos to ask about his role in the saga, officials requested a formal letter. About two weeks after the letter was delivered, the monarch has not responded or agreed to a formal interview.


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  • efada acha

    the Oba that is a politician without leadership qualities

  • evidence

    Another reminder of Buhari’s first coming, repeating itself in his second coming ; sorrow, tears and blood is Buhari’s trademark. ‎

    • amazing2012

      Did Buhari ordered his arrest ? is the crime committed against Buhari or Lagos state governor ? Please go and find work!

    • Julius

      smdh , why do you bring Buhari into this. Oh wait, I know..him no come from biafraud. Nonsense. Na Buhari be the Lagos governor ?

  • Lala Hansy

    Yet everybody is keeping quiet, dying and smiling….okay

  • Al

    15million compensation in order, anybody can died the same way in the cause of investigation, interrogation, invitation or arrest and there is nothing wrong to carried constitutional duty to safe guard live and property. These of you looking for anyhow excuses to bulldoze buhari you can go ahead, you are jobless (RIP Eyitayo)

    • Julius

      I hope you or any of your family member will die the same way. 15 mil is nothing my friend.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      why would anyone Blame Buhari? was buhari there from the arrest and took part in everything negative that happened up to the point of death of the young man?

      Anyone can die during the cause of an investigation, invitation and interrogation? you are right. if the suspect resisted arrest by armed or violently life threatening engaging law enforcement officers, but unlawful when a suspect displays no violent resisting arrest tendencies. In a civilised democratic nation when anyone dies in govt custody an enquiry/inquiry is conducted and anyone found culpable is prosecuted.

      There is nothing wrong to carry out constitutional duty to safe guard live and property. Yes. constitutional duty within constitution. “constitutions are laws and procedures to enact said laws”. And what property and lives where they protecting in this case? they were reacting to protect a man’s image “ser Govinoir”. And when has chasing down, interrogation, alleged torture and prosecution of identity thieves become the jurisdiction of the clandestine secret police? well in Iraq under Saddam and Libya under Gaddafi etc.

      Guess you missed the points in the report. He was not the identity thief who was wanted. he was just a friend. You allow one of your many friends pass the night or a few at your home and you have no incline what the person had done prior to your accommodation. You also missed the point where two different associates to said dead man were given conflicting reports and reasons for his death. You also missed the part it is said that it took the SSS 3 days to reach out and say “we conducted a raid on your premisses 3 days ago”, it took them another 19 days to inform the family of his death. He died 22 days before the family was told. simple maths.

    • Temitope Temiloluwa

      One member of your family will be in that position soon

    • princegab

      You need to check your head. Sentiments and trifles have replaced your gray matter.
      1st it’s police not a dss job.
      2 alleged phone cloning is not murder
      3 Lagos state government wash off hands, sent dss no such errands
      4 dss knew the deceased was not the suspect.
      Note that all the people involved in the case committed crime, including the family lawyer and the oba of Lagos .

  • Gabriel Olasebikan

    Southerners can sell their mothers ass for pittance.These guys have no conscience over money matters.To a Southerner,life is not sacred where money is involved.

    • igboham

      Only Igbos

      • Gabriel Olasebikan

        Show the Igbo names in this story.

    • Keen Observer

      Is Eyitayo name from the south? or Oyo state a southern state? #Gabriel Olasebikan am sure you’re tipsy(drunk) & cannot recognize names from the South.

  • igboham

    It is called One Nigeria indissoluble until all die..

  • JasV

    This is what will happen to any one who tries to organize price hike of fuel this xmas/new year period. Sahara Reporters/Civil Rights Organizations, now is the time to shout yourselves hoarse or else it will be too late. JUST WATCH!!!

  • Mr-LAW

    Another family has sold their son for some millions of Naira . Rip

  • Buhari d daft cow.

    Buhari & his group of pigs 2019 is not far.

    • Ayinde

      Yes ooo
      2019 is not far but we need to shine our eyes .
      we have a monster in our hands considering the past 2 elections held so far.

      INEC is an appendage of APC led Govt so be ready for Battle .

      God bless us all. We shall over come

    • musa aliyu

      What are u going to do, come 2019? We voted for him and Will vote for him again and again

      • Otile

        Are sure you Islamists want this dummy again? God forgive sin.

        • Samadani

          Jona your benefactor is gone and gone forever.

        • Samadani

          Islam put compensation on lives killed without due course of justice. As it stands today, 55 million naira should be paid to the immediate family of the gruesomely murdered young man more so,that the deceased name sound Islamic. Unfortunately, sharia court would have been more appropriate but I think no such exist in Lagos. RIP Mr Eyitayo. May Almighty Allah comfort your family. A amen.

      • Buhari d daft cow.

        Mumu like u will vote 4 shithari,we are sending d plonker 2 his cows.

        • The King

          Banana republic

  • dami

    Shame…but the family has collected the N15m so there is no case here.

    • paul irumundomon

      Really

    • Hero

      How much is the life a Nigerian worth?

  • serubawon70

    They handcuffed an UNCONSCIOUS man? That should be a first.

    • wazobia ninja!!!!!!

      not really,crap happens all the time in this part of the world ………….

  • Chinedu

    Typical of DSS or is it SSS? The attitude of we can deal with you and nothing will happen. I want my people to know that government agencies,departments and parastetals derive their mentality and disposition from the present government. This is not limited to the DSS. Nigerians should brace up for more of this type of challenge. I had outlined in a previous discuss that it had happened against the ipob,shites,the pastor in Rivers,the footballer in Bayelsa. Thank God they did not murder any of the judges. Despite these we seem quiet. Whose turn next? But it will be very interesting to know what Governor Ambode has to say about this issue.

  • Intrepid

    Buhari’s Nigeria has turned to another Former DDR (Eastern German) , where the impunity of state security reigned. secret killings, Blood letting everywhere, and the total militarisation of the Nigerian Landscape. Now you hear operation this and that. Major Gen. Buhari, we are not in a Diarchy. I know your incompetence is driving you to near ignorance of what civility means. It has been one GESTAPO operation or the other. God has abandoned Nigeria for the time being, for this Ramses of our time. Woe to the current inhabitants of Nigeria. Weep not, just a matter of time, this satanic tempest will pass by.

  • Innocent

    If Nigeria still had civil society, this is one justice ‘struggle’ that will save many more lives.

  • Netanyahu

    Yorubas are prepared to tolerate anything, just any form of cruelty from buhari to make a point. This is the beginning. May the soul of this young man rest in peace. His family has threaded his life for a piece of cake. Imagine if they were Ibos, their miscreants would have flooded this forum. Ibos, Shiites, Niger delta have been receiving the raw end of this feudalist administration. It might be the turn of their supporters next.

  • Factsay

    Pure Zoo

  • wazobia ninja!!!!!!

    the only reason this story is coming out now? ……………………… the money shared by all parties involved is finished!!!!!!!!!! finito! methinks,this is a subtle form of extorting more from the dss …………………………one way or the other,saheed needs and deserves justice ……………………………. royal “fathers” …… complicit criminals ………..

    • paul irumundomon

      Royal father my foot

  • easyman16

    Nigeria Is gone, imagine, an agency that was supposed to be protecting lives and properties is now the one destroying lives and properties for no reason and the hopeless nigerian government is doing nothing about it.

  • Statesman

    “They said Mr. Akiolu doused the flickering flame of resistance from the family members when he appealed to them to accept what the SSS was offering in order to bring a closure to the matter and stop acting like they were there to sell the body of their dead kin.
    When PREMIUM TIMES visited the palace of the Oba of Lagos to ask about his role in the saga, officials requested a formal letter. About two weeks after the letter was delivered, the monarch has not responded or agreed to a formal interview.”

    That Oba is a complete disgrace. He must be receiving a huge paycheck from the Lagos APC govt. Hence he threatened the Ibos also in Lagos that he’ll throw them in the lagoon if they dared voted for Agbaje the PDP flag bearer..

    • Otile

      Are you not talking about mumu Oba? If it were not for the intervention of Almighty and Merciful God he would feed Ndigbo in Eko to the fishes of Lagoon. It would be a horrible sight.

  • Burning Spear

    That is the Fulani Gestapo that the Yorubas sold to us in Nigeria—-via the CIA—————–UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF BUHARI

  • paul irumundomon

    Nigeria uniform men and women are at best, in more graphic death of innocent people. That is why, almost all of them, have problems hanging around them. I have not seen a uniform family officer, without problrms, and their problems are so much, there is no cure, because of atrocities they have been involved in.

  • Otile

    This kind of abuse is more rampant during this dark period of Buhari than any other period in times in the whole of Yoruba history. Shango will not look kindly on any regime that murders his awon omo.

  • MC

    Yorubas endorsed Buhari. Buhari’s SSS now kills Yorubas! Hope lesson is learnt though.

  • GbemigaO

    Trust Oba Akiolu to be involved on this type of mess ! N15 million for a life? I hope the spirit of the late man harasses his relatives that got cheap money for his soul.

  • LOL…yes, Andrew has already received the funds and the college funds may be paid off too! This story is 3 weeks old, BAHAHHA..idiots.