The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has commenced activities leading to reinforcing discipline and professionalism in the system.
The action follows deluge of reports of harassment and extortion by Policemen in the Command.
According to a press statement by the Commands spokesman SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Commissioner has ordered the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, to roll out the phone numbers of the Public Complaint Bureau of the Command, in addition to the already released phone numbers, to the general public in order to allow them lodge complaints against Police harassment, brutality and extortion.
Odumosu, while restating his zero tolerance for unethical and inhuman conducts in the Police ordered all checkmating units in the Command including provost, X-Squad, CP Monitoring Team and Public Complaint Bureau (PCB), to wake up to their duties and arrest any Policeman who deviates from the normal ethics and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)of the Nigeria Police within Lagos State.
In a similar development, the PPRO stated “I want to strongly clarify certain issues here. We have officers and men of the Lagos state Police Command and Lagos Police, we have many Police outfits in Lagos who are not under our Command and control in the state”
He continues “However, the CP has mandated that any Policeman engaged in barbaric, unprofessional, corrupt cases be apprehended, and I encourage Lagosians to kindly identify the Police and their units whenever they have encounter with them. And we take it up from there. Most of the cases leveled against the Lagos State Police Command are not connected to us at all because we have the Fed SARS, STS, IRT, FCID Alagbon, SFU Ikoyi, Zone 2 Onikan, Railway Command, Marine and Mari9, Airport Command, Police College Ikeja, Police Medical Unit, EOD, SPU, PMF, IGP monitoring, XSquad etc, all in Lagos, some headed by AIG, CP and senior officers, but for Lagos now, we are empowered to pick up any Policeman for their misdeeds. CP Lagos will act fast on that. And we have commenced immediately.”
The Commissioner, also, urged members of the public to always take the pains of identifying such Policeman who harass, brutalise and extort them as Lagos State hosts many Police formations aside from the Lagos State Command; such identification is sine-qua-non to immediate investigation and disciplinary actions against the erring personnel.
Similarly, CP Hakeem Odumosu appealed to the general public to contact the command (Public Complaint Bureau) on the following numbers: 09057597931 (whatsApp), 09010512350(OC PCB), 09010512348, 09090003792.