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Lagos community bemoans police intimidation

04 March 2014, 18:16

Lagos - The Baale of Aboji community, Michael Adeyinka Oniwonlu, has appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to caution some officers over their alleged constant intimidation and incrimination of residents.

The community is based in the Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Chief Oniwonlu said it was worrisome that some members of the community, who had earlier written the IG over the encroachment of their land by land grabbers, had suddenly become victims of police harassment and intimidation.

The Baale said that some of the residents were presently being detained at the DIG's Office Lagos over allegation of murder of an unknown person.

In a letter to the IG, Lawyer to Chief Oniwonlu, Ademola Koko, stated that he had in October last year written to the IG to complain over the invasion of their community by thugs led by one Alade Shekoni.

Ademola noted that the alleged thugs invaded the community with the intention of seizing the Abijo community land which a Lagos High Court had delivered a judgment in favour of his client.

To prevent any crisis, Koko said he wrote the IG to intervene in the matter by investigating and arresting those involved in the matter.

He said he was notified of the IG's intervention on the issue through a signal to the Police Force Headquarters in Lagos to investigate the matter.

According to Koko, the matter however took another dimension when the suspects in the matter made murder allegations against his client.

He said that despite the fact that the identity of the alleged murdered person had not been known, some police officers continued to intimidate and detain his client over the allegation.

Ademola called on the IG to urgently look into the matter and call his officers who are already meddling with the crisis to order.

– CAJ News

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