A 20-year-old fashion designer, Ayomide Taiwo, attacked by a policeman in Ilahun, Osun State, has died after spending six days in a state of coma, TheNation reports.
According to his uncle, Mr. Segun Agboola, he died around 8am at Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo where he was receiving treatment.
He was attacked by a police officer attached to the Ibokun Divisional Headquarters, last Tuesday around 3:30pm.
Wasiu Olademeji, who was riding a motorcycle with Taiwo at the time of the incident, said a policeman stopped them and demanded a N50 bribe. He said a drunken cop saw a bundle of N50,000 when Taiwo bought out the money.
“The drunken policeman suddenly approached us and hit Ayomide’s head with the butt of his rifle. The two of us fell from the motorcycle while the three other policemen ran away.
Ayomide was lying unconsciously on the floor and was bleeding in his nose, mouth and ears. I carried the bike off him.
Another policeman who was not at the scene when it happened, helped in carrying my friend to Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.
Ayomide has been in a coma since we took him to the hospital due to severe injury he sustained on his head. The DPO gave us N30, 000 for the hospital bill. Ayomide is the last child of his mother.”
Agboola said they have not told his mother about his demise because she has been in shock and was receiving treatment in hospital. “We don’t know how to tell her that the last child she celebrated Eid-el-Kabir with some days back, is now dead,” he lamented.
Police Public Relations Officer, Osun Command, Mrs. Yemisi Opalola, said the officer, who brutalised the fashion designer has been dismissed and will be charged to court on Monday for murder.