…#EndSARS: Policemen defy IGP’s directive, absent at obligation posts
…We’re again on obligation, CP Odumosu insists
By Evelyn Usman
SOME roads in Lagos State are progressively being taken over by hoodlums, who fake to be controlling site visitors, owing to the absence of policemen. Sadly, the hoodlums find yourself harassing and extorting motorists, particularly at evening.
As at yesterday, there was no sight of policemen on Lagos roads, a scenario that heightened the already sorry state of site visitors scenario in Nigeria’s financial capital.
Their presence was not additionally felt in different South West states.
Nevertheless, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, some policemen have been sighted patrolling some areas. Officers of the Federal Street Security Corps , FRSC, and people of the Lagos State Site visitors Administration Authority, LASTMA, who have been all the time positioned at strategic areas to manage site visitors in Lagos, weren’t seen both.
Most motorists, who drove towards site visitors to maneuver the site visitors , ended up being trapped for a number of hours. The Oshodi-Apapa expressway was not unnoticed as motorists spent over six hours on a spot with out motion.
Working by proxy
Investigation by Vanguard revealed that a few of the policemen posted from divisions to man site visitors, employed the providers of neighborhood youths to manage site visitors of their jurisdictions.
A drive spherical Ipaja, Idimu, Liasu street, Ikotun all the way down to Cele, confirmed the brand new technique, as a few of the policemen have been seen in mufti, standing by to look at their errand boys do the job.
Nevertheless, by 7pm, neither the policemen in mufti nor their errand boys have been seen, as they (policemen) returned to man their divisions, in preparation for the curfew.
Policemen in shock
Info at Vanguard’s disposal additionally revealed that almost all policemen have been nonetheless in shock over the unprecedented assaults on them and their stations by hoodlums throughout the disaster sparked up by the alleged killings of some #EndSARS protesters on the Lekki Toll gate by safety brokers, final Tuesday.
On the finish of the assaults, six policemen have been gruesomely killed , 38 others have been injured, 48 police formations and 71 autos have been burnt and vandalized.
The assaults on police stations which apparently took the command abruptly, have been additionally found to have demoralized many policemen, who’re but to get well from the impression. Presently, most of them have resorted to sporting mufti to work to keep away from being attacked.
Their seeming absence from the roads was additionally described as a refined protest to press house their calls for for higher welfare packages and therapy from their superiors.
A few of them, who spoke on the situation of anonymity, expressed disappointment on the method the killings of their colleagues have been handled by their superiors. For example, they acknowledged that no senior officer had paid a condolence go to on households of policemen killed by hoodlums.
In addition they blamed the overall overrun of the police stations on lack of again up from the central command.
We’re left to die
Certainly one of them, an Inspector on the Ajah police division, mentioned: “When the hoodlums got here, we engaged them for 5 hours with none again up till we exhausted our bullets. We have been firing into the air to disperse them however they didn’t relent. If we had a again up, we’d have overpowered them. We made calls however there was no response. We have been left to die.”
Different policemen corroborated this declare. One other Sergeant mentioned: “We’ve the Cell Police Squad. What stops a discerning Police boss to deploy them to stations? We’ve an anti-riot police unit too however none of them was mobilized to provide us again up. We needed to face it. Two of my colleagues died within the shoot-out.”
To spice up their morale, the Inspector-Basic of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, urged all policemen to shake off the impression of the assaults, and directed them to right away take over the general public area.
He consequently, ordered all Assistant Inspectors Basic of Police, AIGs, Commissioners of Police, CPs, Heads of Police Operational Items, Squadron and Base Commanders answerable for Zonal/State/FCT Instructions, the Police Cell Power, Counter Terrorism Unit and the Particular Safety Unit, together with Commissioners of Police and heads of Police formations within the varied states to mobilize their males and work in sync with the Command CPs within the areas the place they’re domiciled, to dominate the general public area and guarantee peace and security within the affected areas.
CP Odumosu response
Requested why policemen weren’t on the roads, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, mentioned they have been again on their obligation posts.
His phrases: “Our males are absolutely on the street. We’ve a method of early morning patrol. As early as 5am, Space Commanders patrol their jurisdictions, in order that in the event that they (hoodlums) resolve to return out within the morning, we’d be there earlier than their arrival. It’s a technique that has labored for us
“Policemen within the command aren’t cowed. Our spirits have been lifted. The Inspector-Basic of Police has spoken to us and I’ve spoken to all my males within the command. There isn’t a extra problem of concern. We’re out. I due to this fact urge Lagosians to be at liberty to name on policemen if they’ve any grievance.
“Even in areas the place police stations have been burnt, policemen are nonetheless there as a result of we’re making makeshift workplaces for them. Safety of such areas shouldn’t be jeopardized as a result of some miscreants could wish to hijack the scenario to assault folks. We’re making chairs, tables and even canopies accessible. We is not going to abandon folks dwelling in areas the place police formations have been burnt. We should present them with safety.”
Police uniform within the improper fingers
Odumosu additionally mentioned efforts have been nonetheless on to retrieve police uniform and different objects looted from police formations. He boasted that the technique being put in place to attain this had began working, revealing that 5 suspected hoodlums had been arrested in reference to the assaults on police stations and a few looted uniform recovered.
He due to this fact admonished Lagosians to be on the look out for extra suspects and report them to the Police.