In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 13th, October, 2020

Lagos Police Commissioner Disarms SARS Officers

Lagos Police Commissioner Disarms SARS Officers


Lagos CP, Odumosu


The commissioner of police in Lagos state, Hakeem Odumosu has disbanded the Particular Anti-Theft Squad in Lagos, following a directive from the Inspector-Normal of Police, Mohammed Adamu.


Odumosu made this recognized whereas addressing a gaggle of attorneys protesting police brutality as a part of the raging #EndSARS marketing campaign, mentioned already policemen below SARS had been disarmed and their places of work shut down.


He added that the suspects of their custody had been transferred to the State Felony Investigation Division in Panti for the continuation of investigations.


He assured the protesting attorneys that they might by no means discover any SARS operative in operation once more.


The CP mentioned, “As to the directive of the Inspector-Normal of Police for disbandment (of SARS), in case you come right here now you will notice them (SARS officers) within the common police uniform. They’ve been disbanded, all their arms have been collected; the circumstances they had been dealing with and the suspects have been transferred to the State CID, Panti for continuation of investigation.

“All these I’ve executed in compliance with the Inspector-Normal’s directive. You need to perceive that in Lagos, we now have many police formations; we now have, for instance, the Particular Fraud Unit, historically, they aren’t to hold arms, they’re in mufti; equally, we now have the Drive CID personnel in Alagbon, they aren’t carrying arms and they aren’t to be in uniform, all these are specialised arms of the police. However the one which the IG has disbanded now has been disbanded from that day. When you go to their places of work now in Surulere, Gbagada, they’re below lock and key; we solely posted policemen there now to protect the locations. They’re no extra functioning.”

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Odumosu, who recommended the protesters led by a human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, for his or her maturity and decorum, added that no single participant within the #EndSARS protest has been killed by the police because the protest began final week.


He mentioned the one that died from a stray bullet at Surulere on Monday, was not a protester however a driver, who got here of his automotive to test the reason for the gridlock on the street.


Odumosu added that cops seen in a viral video harassing a feminine protester had been arrested and put within the cell.


Earlier, Effiong mentioned the police ought to not assault protesters as a result of a part of their calls for was higher welfare and repair situations for policemen.


He mentioned, “We’re additionally calling for correct funding for the police. I really feel ashamed as a Nigerian, my citizenship is continually referred to as to query, each time I cross by a police faculty, police barracks, and police quarters. They aren’t match for human habitation. And that’s the reason we get offended if you assault us once we protest peacefully since you are additionally victims of the failure of the Nigerian state.”



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