By Mary BASSEY Senior Investigator Correspondent Lagos/
SMARTING from the ugly experience of the #EndSARS protest where Police personnel were attacked and some killed, the Commissioner of police Làgos State Police Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu has reiterated his earlier warning that he would not tolerate attack in any form on his officers and men. The CP’s warning came against the backdrop of a separate unfortunate incidents which led to attack on officials of the Làgos State traffic management Agency LASTMA which had some Policemen attached and the unleashing of a wild dog on a hapless Police woman Inspector in the state. Both offenders of the law have been arrested and would be made to face the wrath of the law. A statement signed by the Command’s PRO CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi and made available to CrimeWorld magazine online, conveying the CP’s stand said, attacking officials of the law while discharging their lawful duty ammounts to crime; saying, “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has again reiterated his commitment to defending security personnel against attacks from individuals and groups while discharging their legitimate duties. The police boss made the assertion on Thursday, 4th March, 2021, while deliberating on the case of one Adeyemi Abayomi, m, of No 115, Itire Road, Surulere, who unleashed his dogs to attack police operatives on invitation in his compound where the gods were released and ordered to bite woman inspector Atim Umoh and caused her bodily injuries. The incident occurred on Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 at about 1130am when one madam Nneka Regina, f, of No 103, Lagos Street, Ebutte Meta, went to Surulere Division to complain against the criminal attitude of the suspect for illegally occupying her property at No 115 Itire Road, Surulere and threats to life. The police operatives attached to Surulere Division were sent to invite the suspect before he ordered his dogs to attack them. The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered that the man be arrested and taken to the State CID for investigation, and prosecution, while his dogs be picked up by the police Dog Section (K-9) for further action. He further ordered the police medical team of the command to monitor the treatment and health condition of the woman inspector who is recuperating.
Continuing, Adejobi added, ” In the same vein, CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered for the arrest of two suspects, Lious Nwodi, m, and Ismaila Salisu, m, for assaulting two Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officials, Ganiya Ajose, f, and Adeyemi Lanre, m, at Ogunlana Street, Surulere, on 3rd March 2021. The duo had disobeyed hand signals at the point and sped off but were forced to a halt when their Highlander SUV with Reg. NO AAA 450 DD had a punctured tyre. They were accosted by the officials but the duo beat up the LASTMA Officials. The Commissioner of Police has directed that the duo be charged to court and they have been so arraigned to Magistrate Court 2, Surulere for conspiracy, Assault on Public Servant and malicious damage today Thursday, 4th March, 2021. CP Hakeem Odumosu therefore warned the general public to desist from attacking security and law enforcement agents while on duty as such is tantamount to a criminal offense which is punishable under the law and the command will not overlook such ignominious act.”