Policemen to face trial over assault of suspect

By Innocent Raphael

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Adegoke Fayoade, has ordered an immediate trial for police officers caught on video assaulting a suspect who was resisting arrest.

This disclosure was contained in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin on Wednesday.

The incident which has sparked widespread outrage and calls for accountability occurred on On July 2, when officers from the Alausa Division of the Lagos State Police Command were dispatched to Makinde Odewale Street, Oregun, following numerous complaints about rampant drug abuse in the area.

During the operation, the officers encountered fierce resistance. An Inspector of Police was severely injured, suffering a stab wound to the head from a broken bottle and had to be whisked away to receive medical attention.

According to reports, the attack also involved the assault of the Olu of Alausa and the Community Development Association (CDA) Chairman.

Despite the resistance, a reinforcement team managed to arrest several suspects in possession of substances suspected to be illicit drugs.

However, in their attempt to apprehend the main perpetrator of the attack on the police officer, the reinforcement team resorted to using unprofessional and unethical methods. These actions were recorded and have since gone viral, prompting immediate backlash.

Responding to the development, CP Fayoade strongly condemned the conduct of the police officers involved, stating that their actions do not align with the values and professional ethics of the Nigeria Police Force.

He also criticized the youths for attacking the officers, warning that anyone found guilty would face legal consequences.

In the statement, the Lagos State Police Command reassured the public of its commitment to maintaining law and order, preventing and detecting crime, and ensuring the apprehension and prosecution of criminals.

The Command further emphasized that it will continue to uphold its mandate and work diligently to keep Lagosians safe.

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