IGP should probe activities of police anti-kidnapping squad in Lagos
Sir: Policemen operating with private cars and without uniforms, name tags and identity cards are no different from armed robbers. At 11:50a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, a group of armed policemen riding in a grey Pathfinder SUV drove towards Ikotun roundabout in Lagos and started beating and harassing innocent citizens and extorting huge sums of money from them at the same time.
The policemen who only wore T-shirts with the inscription “Anti-Kidnapping Squad” on the back, were led by a tall, thin, dark-skinned man with a short grey beard on his chin who claimed to be an inspector. The inspector, claimed that he and his team were members of the police “Anti-Kidnapping Squad” and that they were in Ikotun to arrest kidnappers. He and his men assaulted and harassed innocent youths in the area and each of these youths had to “bail themselves” from the police with N5,000. It was simply robbery in broad daylight!
I’m, therefore, appealing to the Inspector General of Police, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police and all the authorities concerned to investigate the activities of the police “Anti-Kidnapping Squad” in Lagos State.
Authorities concerned must bring erring policemen to justice and also ensure that armed policemen are henceforth barred from operating with private vehicles without wearing police uniforms and carrying name tags and identity cards.
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