THE Jagunmolu Agbekoya of Yorubaland, Prince Kunle Adelakun, on Tuesday lamented that just as done to his late father by the Muhammadu Buhari/Tunde Idiagbon regime in 1984, he was recently detained and tortured alongside eight other civilians at the 2 Mechanised Division, Odogbo, Ibadan, following his arrest at the main gate of the Oyo State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
Adelakun, who is the son of the late prominent Yoruba politician, Busari Adelakun, was arrested alongside eight others, including a lawyer, simply identified as Salawu.
He was reportedly seized after an altercation between a soldier and a member of Agbekoya during a stakeholders’ security meeting at the Oyo State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, about two weeks ago.
The Agbekoya (hunters) chief said luckily came out of detention alive.
“It is sad that we are having this kind of experience under the Muhammadu Buhari administration. It brings a bad memory to mind that late Busari Adelakun ‘Eruobodo,’ my father, was arrested alongside other politicians in the South-West after the Buhari/Idiagbon coup.
My father did not come out of it. Now, they try to silence people. If you don’t belong to them, they will treat you as their enemy,” he said.
Recalling his ordeal, he said he got into trouble when he attempted to mediate in a fight between an army personnel and a member of his group.
Adelakun stated, “I came down to see what went wrong. They said a soldier slapped a member of Agbekoya. Possibly, the civilian retaliated but I wasn’t sure.
While trying to pacify the soldier, a team of soldiers arrived at the scene and I was arrested in order for me to identify the person who slapped the soldier.
“A lawyer popularly called Barrister Salawu later came around and asked about what led to the trouble. He was also arrested. They fired shots into the air and also dragged a few people into the patrol van of Operation Burst.
They moved eight of us to 2 Mechanised Division, Odogbo. There we were tortured. We didn’t know the whereabouts of their superior who ordered our arrest. Some hunters who were arrested were later brought to where we were.”
Adelakun explained that he was tortured alongside the lawyer who was discovered to be an asthma patient.
He said, “He was not with his inhaler. He had crisis in the process, so they poured water on him to resuscitate him. They put us in a guard room measuring about 18 square metre.
“They put 36 of us there, including some secondary school boys. It became stuffy. So, at some point, I managed to talk to one of the soldiers and he asked me to move to the airy side.”