The proprietor and director of a private school located at Legasa Phase 11, Lakowe, Ochuko Osusu has sued the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Deputy Commissioner of Police, (SCID), and one Inspector Solomon Ojo of SCID, Panti to the tune of N5 million over his alleged illegal detention by the Police at the State Criminal Investigation Department, (SCID) Panti.
According to Osusu, trouble began on April 22, when he got a phone call from one Mrs Ogunderu alleging that her three-year-old daughter had been defiled in school, and that she discovered it at home while bathing her daughter. “They went to a private hospital close to the school, when Mr Ogunderu (the father of the girl) called to demand that the victim be taken to a private hospital, Doreen Specialist Hospital, Ajah, which was done,” Osusu said and added that it was from there that the hospital invited the Police from Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah. Osusu explained that he was immediately arrested, his statement taken and he was detained overnight but released on bail on Saturday, April 23, and was asked to report from time to time which he did and never jumped bail.
“Then on April 23, Mr Ogunderu solely took the victim to Lagos State University
Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, for medical examination without my knowledge, or that of the Police,” Osusu stated, adding that the Police assured him that he would not be prosecuted since he had no direct link to the alleged crime.
Osusu claimed that on May 11, the case was revisited and transferred to SCID Panti. “I was informed by Mr Ogunderu that a human rights organisation headed by one Mrs Aisha Oyebode (nee Muritala Muhammed) is interested in the matter and had made contact with high authorities,” and Osusu was held in police custody from that day.
Osusu, who claimed innocence of the rape of the girl said: “On the day of the alleged incident, I never saw or had any contact whatsoever with the victim since I was only the administrative head of the school.”