Human Rights Activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN has raised an alarm concerning the deteriorating health of an American lady in Police custody, Kari Ann R’ouke. This is coming on the heels of the expectation that Kari Ann would be released from custody on March 19, 2021, upon the fulfilment of all her bail conditions and the acceptance of her surety.
In a press release in Lagos today, Adegboruwa stated that he is scared that something devastating may happen to Kari Ann, if she is not released forthwith. It would be recalled that Kari Ann was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, in respect of the death of her friend that she met online and whom she left in good health at the time of her departure to the airport.
Autopsy report into the death has consistently shown that he died of cardiac trauma and heart related conditions, and that Kari Ann is not in any way connected with the death or suspected of any foul play in any manner whatsoever.
Kari Ann has been in police custody since March 9, at SCID, Panti, Yaba.
Adegboruwa disclosed that Kari Ann has lost about 23 pounds, suffered bouts of malaria and dysentery and has a delicate health condition of severe anaemia.
“On March 19, 2021, responsible sureties visited the SCID in Yaba, to sign all documents for the expected release of Kari Ann, with her lawyers, who all spent hours at the police department till late in the night.
“Upon the execution and perfection of the bail papers, Kari Ann was told to pack her belongings which she did, only to be told later on to go back into custody.
“Her international passport has been seized by the police and a reputable church has volunteered to accommodate Kari Ann in Nigeria until the police would be willing to allow her to travel back to America.”
Adegboruwa expressed concern that the police is holding her without any charge before a court of law, despite the coronavirus pandemic and her underlying condition.
The rights activist urged the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, to look into the matter and direct the immediate release of Kari Ann for medical attention.