- The divisional police officer, Pen Cinema police division, Harrison Nwabuisi, has been suspended for alleged corrupt practices
- Nwabuisi was said to have led his men to raid some Muslims that just finished their night prayers at about 8 pm
- The state police public relations officer, Chike Oti, said the deputy commissioner of police, Yetunde Longe, has been asked to investigate the matter
Edgal Imohimi, the Lagos state commissioner of police, has suspended the divisional police officer, Pen Cinema police division, Harrison Nwabuisi for allegedly leading his men to raid some Muslims that just finished their night prayers, Salat al-maghrib, at about 8 pm.
The Punch reports that about 37 residents were also nabbed and taken to the Pen Cinema police station area of state.
It was learnt that the streets raided by the police are Alimi Ogunyemi street, and other places, in the Ifako Ijaiye area of the state.
Sheriff Anjure, one of the victims, who narrated his encounter with the officers said his brother, Ibrahim, paid N30,000 for his bail and that of two others.
The state police public relations officer, Chike Oti, in a statement on Friday, August 24, said the DPO had been suspended adding that the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department, Yetunde Longe, had been asked to investigate the matter.
According to him, “Sequel to the allegations, the CP has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, DCP Yetunde Longe, to investigate the officer and other ranks against whom the allegation was made. He equally directed the DCP in charge of Administration, Elkanah Ayuba, to recall the DPO to the command headquarters to allow unbiased investigation into the matter.
“The command is therefore appealing to Sheriff Anjure, said to be a vital witness and indeed other witnesses in the matter, to make themselves available to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, SCIID, Panti, Yaba, to assist police investigation.
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“While recognising the fact that raiding is a major crime-fighting strategy of the police given that it enables proactive intervention into a budding problem, the CP, however, said that it must be purposeful, corruption-free and intelligence-driven.
“He therefore assures members of the public that if the allegation is true, any officer or men found culpable in the matter would be sanctioned in accordance with the relevant sections of the Police Act.”
It was learnt that Ibrahim said all witnesses in the case would make themselves available when needed.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Lagos state police command revealed the identity of a policeman who was accused on social media of having billions of naira in his bank accounts.
It was learnt that he was Inspector Christopher Marcel Nnabugwu, attached to the divisional crime branch at Ogudu police division in the state.
A masked lady in a video that went viral, who gave the name of the policeman as Sergeant Marcel Nnabugwu, serving at the Mobile Squad 18, Owerri, Imo state, called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the source of the cop’s wealth.
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