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Residents express worries over alleged police invasion

By Jesutomi Akomolafe
28 October 2021   |   2:13 am
Residents of Idioyin/Imoke village in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State have raised the alarm over alleged intimidation by policemen in the community.

Residents of Idioyin/Imoke village in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State have raised the alarm over alleged intimidation by policemen in the community.
  
Spokesperson for the community, Elder Wale Rafiu, said the community suddenly witnessed an influx of policemen on Monday, October 25. The policemen were said to be attached to an unnamed task force, which residents described as unnecessary, citing the peace and harmony in the community.
 
He said: “The peaceful harmony enjoyed by the community was disrupted on Monday, as early as 7:00a.m. by the presence of the unknown task force in the community.
 


“We are being intimidated by the policemen in the community because their presence sent everyone shivering and running for their lives as they were accompanied by furious armed youths all smoking cannabis.”
  
The residents urged the state government and police authorities to intervene by ordering the withdrawal of the policemen from the community.
  
Rafiu added: “The reason for the presence of the Lagos State task force is yet to be ascertained as we speak and that is why we the people of Idioyin/Imokeland are calling on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, to please come to our aid and rescue us by withdrawing the policemen from our community because their presence is already causing chaos and insecurity.

“We do not know what the bone of contention is to have warranted the presence of any police taskforce in our community, accompanied by armed thugs. The Baale (village head) of the Idioyin/ Imoke, Chief Saheed Omotayo Adeboye, had to intervene because the youths of the community wanted to take laws into their hands by resisting the policemen,” he said.