Saheed Damilare Eyitayo, whose friend was arrested for ‘cloning’ Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s phone number, has allegedly died in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
His family is alleging foul play in his death, asking the DSS to explain how it happened, and they are refusing to collect the body for burial from the DSS until the circumstances of his death are clear.
The late Eyitayo, 39, was arrested at midnight on April 4 by DSS operatives, who were on the trail of a syndicate that had allegedly cloned Governor Ambode’s mobile number. He was taken to the DSS office at Shangisha, where he is said to have died during interrogation.
Reports suggest that the DSS operatives were acting on information that Rilwanu Jamiu, a member of the syndicate, might have been hiding in the late Eyitayo’s residence at 37, Aje Street, in Iyana Ipaja.
DSS operatives are reported to have broken into the late Eyitayo’s apartment while he was asleep, beating him up and chaining his hands and legs. Eyewitnesses told said that he was grilled for minutes by the officials, who wanted to know Jamiu’s whereabouts.
A resident, who pleaded not to be named, said:
“I overheard Eyitayo telling the DSS people that the person they were looking for did not stay with him. He told them the suspect was his friend and only visited him the previous day. But, his explanation did not convince them. They beat him mercilessly till blood came out of his face. We could not recognise him again.”