Coroner's Verdict Queries Police Account for Samson Adekoya's Death in Custody; Orders Further Investigation But Police Wont Oblige

Samson Adekoya, herbal medicine practitioner died while in police Custody at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Unit, State Police Headquarters, GRA, Lagos on the 11th of February 2008. On behalf of his family, A2Justice initiated inquest proceedings before the Ikeja Coroner’s court to clarify how he died. The Coroner heard witnesses and reviewed documents and came to the verdict that Samson Adekoya died whilst in police custody, and was mass buried at Ikorodu Cemetery. The District Coroner also recommended that one Corporal Yakubu Adeniyi and Inspector John Sawyer be interrogated and made to answer as to the circumstance which led to the death of the deceased person.
Despite the Coroner’s verdict, and in spite of written representations to the police by the family of the deceased, no further action was taken by the Police on the death.