It was freedom at last for two teenage brothers; Monday (15years old) and Ayomide (16 years old), with a blind father, accused of stealing eye-drops for their father’s use, regained their freedom today after spending 10 months in prison.
These two teenagers went to prison not because they were caught in the act of any crime, but because a neighbour tipped the police off that they brought things home without any source of income and after the police visited and searched their house, eye drops were found and typical of Nigerian police of “wey the receipt” form of arrest, the teenagers were promptly arrested and not charged to court in Ikole Ekiti where their blind father lived but were taken to Ado Ekiti to be charged before a magistrate court who remanded them in prison since February 2021 till their release today after some efforts from our chambers represented by Benjamin Obilor Esq. and a conscientious youth activist in Ekiti, Comrade Moyinoluwa Victor Emmanuel , who is also a victim of persecution by Ekiti State government, for participating in the October 2020 #EndSARS protest and who encountered these teenagers in prison and reported the case to our chambers.
I was moved by Moyinoluwa’s passion for justice. On the day he spoke with me for the first time, he said since he left prison, his conscience had not let him rest anytime he remembered those two teenagers in prison.
They are out today.
Nothing shall discourage us!
-Tope Tomekun Esq.