Ayomide Taiwo, an Osun-based fashion designer, who was attacked by a police officer in the state, has passed away after six days of being unconscious due to the incident.
According to Punch, the 20-year-old, who was hit on the head by Ago Egharepbe, an inspector at the Ibokun Divisional Headquarters and remained unconscious, was declared dead on Sunday.
It is understood that Ayomide went into a coma on Tuesday following the incident which was said to have transpired after Egharepbe allegedly requested a bribe from the now-deceased apprentice.
Speaking on the tragedy, Segun Agboola, an uncle to the deceased, said: “Ayomide never made it. He died after spending about six days in a coma.
“We are planning to take the corpse to Iragbiji, his hometown for burial. He lost his father long ago. He is survived by mother, aged grandmother and two siblings.”
It was gathered that Ayomide had been en route to Owena from Iragbiji after the Eid-el-Kabir festival with Wasiu Oladimeji, his friend, when their motorcycle was stopped by policemen in Ilahun.
“We met about four policemen at the checkpoint in Ilahun. One of them, who appeared drunk, approached us and demanded a bribe,” Oladimeji had said while narrating the incident.
“When Ayomide brought out the amount the policeman demanded and was about to give him, the cop saw a bundle of N50,000 in my friend’s pocket.
“At that point, he suddenly became aggressive. He 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.
“Before I managed to stand up, the policeman who perpetrated the act was about to flee, but he was stopped by some passersby. Ayomide was bleeding from the nose, mouth, and ear after the attack.
“An officer came and directed that Ayomide should be rushed to a hospital. The officer rushed him to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, in his private car.”
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