Journalists Bycott IGP Adamu’s Briefing Over 13 Hours Lateness

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos


Journalists covering the crime beat on Friday shunned the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu scheduled media briefing after waiting endlessly for 13 hours without the police boss.


The Nigerian number one police officer has scheduled to address journalists, officers and men of the Lagos State Police Command by 9am at the command headquarters in Ikeja.


Our correspondent report that the newsmen drawn from both the print and electronics had convereged at the command headquarter as early as 8am, awating the arrival of the IGP.


The pressmen, who could have gone for other assignments, were shocked when informed at about 11am that the IGP has gone to Ogun State with entourage and would be in Lagos by 2pm.


While some of the journalists hanged around the premises, some went to town in search of news and returned at the said 2pm.


Even police officers, who had gathered under the arranged canopies for the event, were pissed off as they became tired following the long delay.


In addition, the sonorous music by the police band could not save the situation as hunger sets in, food was not provided except for small chops, a mini bottle of soft drink and table water per head.


To worsen the situation came a heavy down pour that even threw off the canopy under which the IGP was expected to seat.


At this point, both police officers and men including journalists became miserable and have to contend with the cold weather, even as some of them were drenched.


The police boss, after arriving Lagos it was learnt, went straight to see the State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at his office in Ikeja at about 7pm and departed for Radisson Hotel at GRA Ikeja, abandoning the journalists to their fate.


The newsmen, were said to have resolved to leave the venue of the event once the IGP failed to arrive by 10pm.


In spite appeals by some senior police officers which include the Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) DCP Tunji Disu and the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) DCP. Yetunde Longe, the journalists departed the venue at 10pm as agreed.


Our correspondent reports that it has never happened in the history of the Police Force for an IGP to arrive late for an assignment as done by Mohammed Adamu, who is said to be apostle of punctuality.

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