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Lagos communities petition IGP over alleged harassment


Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police.

Residents of Ipaja, Abesan Estate and Baruwa communities of Lagos State have petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, over alleged harassment and extortion by operatives of the Ipaja Division of the force.

In a letter signed by Gbenga Adeboye and made available to The Guardian, the petitioners alleged that the officers have turned the station into a bank, where innocent citizens are being exploited.

“A case in question was the illegal arrest of artisans in retail market in their shops while doing their lawful duties. It took the intervention of the Iyaloja, who gathered around N20,000 before the artisans could regain their freedom.”

They also alleged that a nursing mother was arrested and detained over night late last month because she quarrelled with a relation of one of the police officers.

“Also, a young boy was sent to Kirikiri Prisons by a police officer. The young boy, Ahmed Akinlusi, had an argument with a hotel director. He was reported to aan officer who demanded N15,000 from the boy’s family. The family couldn’t afford the money.

“ We want you to please investigate all the claims. We are ready to cooperate with you. These are just a few of the injustice committed by someone, who heads a Divisional Police Headquarters. We don’t want to take the law into our hands as law abiding citizens, but please help us to put an end to this shameful display by policemen at Alagolo,” the residents pleaded.

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