A 50-year old female politician, Mrs. Ronke Adelugba, was on Sunday night allegedly beaten to death in her house in Akure, the Ondo State capital, by policemen who allegedly invaded her house in search of a suspected criminal.
The woman, who was until her death the Woman Leader of the Accord Party (AP) in Ward 5, Akure South Local Government Area, was allegedly hit with a gun butt and beaten by two of the seven policemen who came to her house after an argument with her.
The seven policemen, who came in a white police Hilux van with registration umber NPF 4236 B, had stormed the house located at No. 1, Akinyemi Street, off Ijoka Road, Akure, after searching a nearby bush for some boys believed to be smoking Indian hemp in the area.
Unable to find anybody in the bush, the policemen then headed to Mrs. Adelugba’s house to see if the boys were hiding there.
However, an argument ensued, with Mrs. Adelugba insisting that only her own children were in her three bedroom house.
Insisting that she would not let her children be arrested without any explanation or warrant, Mrs Adelugba was shoved, beaten and hit with a gun butt and in the process slumped and died.
The policemen then allegedly fled the scene after the residents of the area gathered but the residents later carried the lifeless body of the woman to the Ala Police Station where the policemen came from.