The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, and the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, met on Thursday in the Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja, to discuss recent extrajudicial killings by trigger-happy police officers in the state and to discuss suitable prosecution.
Fidel Info reports that the Force’s spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Thursday that the pair addressed, among other things, how to bring the victims of the recent shooting occurrences in Lagos State swift justice.
Adejobi pointed out that the IGP, while expressing his deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of the deceased, assured them that the cases would be meticulously pursued until deserved justice is served. He also stressed that the Force is collaborating with the Lagos State Attorney-General to ensure that the offenders are diligently prosecuted in courts of competent jurisdiction to serve as a deterrent to others.
Adejobi said, “In his response, the governor promised to support the police in making sure that justice is served in the extant case and to collaborate with the police on advocacy programmes to educate the citizenry on understanding and respecting the laws of the land for an improved relationship with the Police.
“He similarly stressed that his administration will partner with the police to carry out refresher courses, training, retraining, and other evaluation processes for police officers in all facets of policing duties.”
“Governor Sanwo-Olu equally emphasized the need to provide some equipment like body cameras, non-lethal weapons, etc., to curb excessive use of powers and boost good police-citizen relationships.”
“The IGP, therefore, charged all officers to imbibe absolute respect for rule of law and the fundamental rights of all persons, which is the crux and fulcrum of policing services even as he urged members of the public to cooperate with police officers for seamless collaborative efforts to stamp out crimes and criminality in the Nigerian society.”
Abia Police Begin Massive Arrests
As a result of the reported shooting of some police officers nearby, there have been mounting worries about the widespread arrests of residents in the Ndiegoro neighborhood of Aba by members of the Abia State Police Command.
Fidel Info reports that following the murder of a police inspector last Wednesday by local gunmen, two of the assailants were also killed, these arrests were made.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu “condemns in its entirety, any act of hostility against any security agent anywhere in the state, let alone the assassination of a police officer under any pretext whatever,” according to Onyebuchi Ememanka, Chief Press Secretary to the governor.
“The peace and security we all enjoy here and which has set Abia State apart as an oasis of peace is largely attributable to the gallantry and commitment of the officers of the different security agencies in the state.
“It is therefore preposterous and unacceptable that the same officers who strive day and night for our safety will receive any form of hostility from the citizens.”
The Governor, Ememanka said, “assures that government will work with the police in the state to fish out the perpetrators of that heinous act and ensure that they face the law as appropriate.”
Ikpeazu further assured the citizens in the area that his administration is already in talks with all the service commanders of the different security agencies in the State with a view to bringing the situation under control, and ensuring that peace and tranquillity return to the area, adding “Innocent citizens must be protected at all costs. That is the position of the law.”
Ikpeazu urged all to remain calm and go about their businesses without fear, let nor hindrance.
When contacted, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said that he was not aware of any government statement on arrests, stating “Somebody who loses a thing will be looking for it.”
“All I know is that they are raiding perceived black spots in the area.”
Yoruba Nation Rally: One Fatal Casualty Confirmed
Benjamin Hundeyin, the public relations officer for the Lagos State Command Police, has verified that one person passed away during the unrest that took place in the Ojota region of the state early on Monday.
Fidel Info reports that Today’s turmoil started when the Yoruba Nation protesters assembled in Ojota for a demonstration.
“In the early hours of today, miscreants masquerading as Yoruba Nation agitators came out in their hundreds, disrupting social and commercial activities at Ojota area of the State.”
“A team of police officers, comprising Alausa Division and the Raid Respond Squad promptly stepped in to disperse the unlawful gathering and prevent a breakdown of law and order. The miscreants attacked the police, shooting, and destroyed two vehicles in the process.”
“One person has been confirmed dead, while two police officers shot by the miscreants are currently receiving treatment. Four suspects have been arrested and investigations have commenced.”
“Meanwhile, normalcy has been restored to the area. Lagosians are urged to go about their lawful businesses as measures have been put in place to prevent further breakdown of law and order; and keen monitoring of the situation continues.”
“It is imperative to state unequivocally that the Lagos State Police Command will not allow any person or group of persons, under whatever guise, disrupt the peace currently enjoyed in the State,” the PPRO said in a statement on Twitter.
He added that, “The RRS officers and patrol vehicles were shot at by several pump-action-rifle-wielding miscreants.”
Police Kills Robbery Suspect In Oshodi
One robbery suspect was killed, according to the Lagos State Police Command, as his group was exchanging gunfire with the police force’s agents in the Oshodi area.
Fidel Info reports that SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s public relations officer, confirmed the event on Thursday to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to Hundeyin, the incident took place on Akinpelu-Oshodi Road on December 24 at 3 a.m.
He claimed that during a stop-and-search operation, the anti-robbery operators of the Akinpelu police division came upon the robbery group.
The police responded quickly to the suspected armed robbers’ fire after they spotted them and opened fire on them, according to the police spokesman.
According to Hundeyin, two other suspects were wounded by bullets but were able to flee, while one of the suspects was fatally shot during the incident.
He said efforts are on to arrest the fleeing suspects, and he appealed to members of the public and health workers to report to the police any one found with bullet wounds.
The Police PRO said one locally-made pistol, one Elepaq generator, and 15 computer UPS were recovered from the suspect.
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