By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command has debunked an allegation of harassment and excessive use of power against some operatives attached to Ogudu Area Command, describing it as false.
The allegation, which includes attempted extortion was made by some young men on Friday, 25th September in a video that has gone viral.
While describing the video as mischievous, baseless and an attempt to paint the police black, the Command said the young men made the allegations in order to cover up the exhibit hidden in their vehicle when they were accosted by the cops for search.
In a release made available to journalists by the police public relations officer, SP. Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the command urged the general public to regard the video.
According to the release, the authors of the video, identified as Okoh miracle,18, Awodoyin Mayokun, 24 and Shonaike Adebola 20 years were intercepted by a team of Anti Crime patrol from Area “H” Ogudu in a Chevrolet saloon car marked SMK 436 DE, fully tinted on Ogudu Expressway at about 9.30am.
This, it said aroused the suspicion of the patrol team; and efforts to get the occupants identified was rebuffed, as they refused to come down or wind down the side glasses of the car.
The release reads, ” Lagos State Police command has come across a trending video alleging the police attached to Ogudu Area command of Lagos State of harassment, excessive use of power and attempted extortion, released by some young men today, Friday, 25th September, 2020.
The Command wishes to debunk the allegations and urge the general public to regard the video as mischievous, baseless and an attempt to paint the police black.
To set the record straight, on Friday 25/9/2020 at about 9.30am, a team of Anti-Crime patrol from Area H, Ogudu, intercepted a Chevrolet saloon car with Reg. No SMK 436 DE, with three occupants, on Ogudu Expressway, Lagos State. The glasses, front and back, of the vehicle are fully tinted which aroused the suspicion of the patrol team; and efforts to get the occupants identified was rebuffed, as they refused to come down or wind down the side glasses of the car.
In a bid to detect and identify the occupants of the vehicle for security reasons, coupled with the Police’s experience on criminals’ modus operandi, the patrol team called for reinforcement and eventually, the three occupants were arrested and the vehicle towed to the station at Ogudu. The occupants were identified as (1) Okoh miracle,m,18 year old (2) Awodoyin Mayokun, m, 24 year old, and (3) Shonaike Adebola, m, age 20 years.
During the search on them and the car, the police recovered a wrap of weed suspected to be Indian hemp and some charms.
The Commissioner of Police has, however, ordered for thorough investigation of the incident, while appealing to Lagosians, particularly, the youths, to always respect the law and surrender for check at the instance of the police.
He also reiterated that in as much as the police will uphold the rule of law, protect human rights and dignity, it will not condone dissemination or spreading of fake, unfounded or malicious news to malign the image of the Nigeria Police or create security threats in the state”.