Aliyu was arrested last Tuesday for fighting and detained at the station where he died on Friday.
Aliyu who lives at 40, Aborisade Street, Lawanson, was allegedly beaten up by an Inspector before he was detained.
A friend, Ettu, said Aliyu was killed and his body was taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) mortuary to cover up the case.
He accused the police of extrajudicial killings in the area, recalling a similar incident that occurred last year.
Ettu said: “The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Itire Police Station should know that you can’t cover this one up. Last year at this same police station, an Inspector killed a secondary school pupil and a young guy around Oduduwa in Surulere.
“This policeman is still in service as we speak. The annoying thing is that I saw this inspector three weeks after the incident. He has been posted to Agege Police Station.
“I call on well-meaning Nigerians to reach out to the inspector and ask him why his men killed Nurudeen.”
Lagos command’s spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police (SP) confirmed Aliyu’s death, describing him as a habitual criminal.
She said: “The suspect is a habitual criminal. He was alleged to have removed two people’s eyes through his usual attack on innocent people.
“Last Tuesday, there was a distress call that he’s attacking some people again. The police arrested him and detained him to be charged to court but while in detention he vomited and complained of body ache. He was rushed to the hospital where the doctor on duty certified him dead.”
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