Activist decries Lagos govt for redeploying errant police officers


Gov. Ambode, Lagos State
By Arinze Gideon

A Civil Rights Activist, Mr Olu Omotayo has condemned in strong terms the decision of the Lagos State Government to redeploy some policemen who reportedly trampled on the rights of some innocent citizens in the state.

The Policemen attached to the Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences were said to have embarked on illegal raids in different parts of the state on the second of September.

According to Mr. Omotayo who is also the President of Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, the attack was a grave violation of the citizens' human rights.

"Hundreds of innocent Nigerians were roughly handled, beaten and forced into Black Maria vehicle and taken to the office of the Lagos State Task Force where they were clamped into dirty stinking detention centre". "They were made to pay various amounts of money before they were granted bail" he said.

He however expressed displeasure with the decision of the Lagos State government through its Commissioner for Information to re- deploy the erring police officers, describing it as reckless and unacceptable.

"We do not have leaders in this country but rulers who are isolated from the yearnings and feelings of the people" he stated.

He also noted that there has been a grave infraction on the constitutional rights of the citizens of this country by the actions of the officials of the Task Force.

He therefore called on the Lagos State government to ensure that the police officers are made to face the law which will serve as deterrent to others.

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