The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, has come out to condemn the inhuman maltreatment of the 40 protesters that were arrested for taking part in the second phase of the #endsars protest #OccupyLekki at the Lekki Tollgate on Saturday, Feb 13.
Famous Nigerian comedian Debo Adebayo known as “Mr. Macaroni” was among those arrested, stripped, beaten and verbally abused by the Nigerian police force.
A video of the comedian and other 40 protesters went viral on social media, showing them topless, and sweating as police verbally assaulted them.
In a statement by the command’s spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi, he has ordered an immediate investigation and identification of the officers responsible for maltreating the protesters.
The statement reads:
“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a viral video where some arrested ‘EndsSARS protesters’ were being molested in a bus by some individuals after their arrest.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who was piqued by this unprofessional and inhuman act, has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, to analyse the video and bring to book whoever that must have been responsible for the act.
“Odumosu reiterates that in as much the command is resolute in enforcing all laws in the state, it will not deviate from the Standard Operating Procedure of the Nigeria Police Force and provisions of the law in discharging its duties, noting that the command will fish out those responsible for the molestation and ensure they are punished for their unprofessional conduct.
Odumosu further pleads and urges Lagosians to “maintain peace at all times as the police and other security agencies will not allow any violence nor break down of law and order in any part of the state.”