Lagos - Some residents of Mushin in Lagos
State have protested what they called incessant raid and extortion by
policemen, and urged the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, to check the
The residents, led by Mr Alade Marshal, Chairman, Community
Development Association (CDA) in the area had on July 9, staged a peaceful
protest at Olosan Police Station over the raid.
The CDA covers Akodu, Idi-Araba, Cardoso and its
Some of the residents who spoke to NAN on Thursday alleged
that policemen usually came with commercial buses and raid the area, arresting
both young and old men.
They also alleged that at the police station, each person bailed out himself with between N5,000 and N6,000, particularly those without
The CDA chairman said the police always came to the area
under the guise of raiding India hemp smokers and end up arresting innocent
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"We are protesting to tell the police that India hemp
smokers are no longer in our area.
"The CDA leaders have met with the youths of the area to
enlighten them on community policing,’’ Marshall said.
Another protester, who simply identified herself as
Mojisola, lamented that the police raid and extortion was becoming worrisome to
all the residents.
"The police are not enforcing the law at all; they are
extorting money from our brothers and fathers.
"They arrested 18 persons on July 9, and money was given to
them by a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly (name withheld) before
the police released them,’’ Mojisola said.
Some of the residents, who claimed to be victims of such
arrest and extortion between January and June, called on the police authorities
to check their activities in Mushin.
Mr Adeola Afolabi and Gbolagade Azeez, lotto agents, claimed
they paid N5,000 each to police before they were released after one of the
Seun Oniyinde, a generator mechanic and two brothers, Yinka
and Dare Agboola, claimed they paid N6,000 each before they were set free by
They also claimed the police usually come at about 10 a.m.
and 8 p.m. respectively for the raid.
Reacting, the Lagos State Police Command’s spokesman, DSP
Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed that 10 persons were arrested during the July 9 raid.
Nwosu disclosed that two were set free after investigation.
"The police have handed over eight of them whose identities
could not be ascertained to the taskforce for discreet investigation and
"It is the responsibility of the Police to raid all black
spots in the state. Residents should always support the police to arrest
criminals in the areas.
"I am not aware that some residents were arrested and that
they paid between N5,000 and N6,000 as bail. That is not allowed in Lagos State
"We have a rule that says, "don’t give bribe and don’t
"The command warns residents against taking the laws into
their hands,’’ Nwosu said.