Police arrest 30 protesters, detain Inspector for assaulting journalist

Police arrest 30 protesters, detain Inspector for assaulting journalist

The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday arrested 30 protesters at various locations within the state, for unlawful assembly and conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace during the Independence Day celebration.


The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made this known in a statement in Lagos.


Adejobi said that the protesters, who put on crested vests of #RevolutionNow# with placards, gathered in numbers, in violation of the COVID-19 protocols in the state.


“They will be charged to court on Friday, Oct. 2,” he said.


The public relations officer also said that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, earlier ordered the immediate detention and orderly room trial of Inspector Adadu Innocent.


Adejobi said that the inspector, attached to PMF 22, Ikeja, was detained for hitting and injuring Mr Kayode Jaiyeola of the Punch Newspapers with a stick at Maryland, Lagos.


“Odumosu personally moved the injured journalist to the Police Cottage Hospital at Area F, GRA, Ikeja, where he personally waited and ensured that the injured journalist was given immediate and good medical treatment.


“An eyewitness account from senior officers on ground, revealed that the policeman suddenly attacked the journalist without any previous altercation or confrontation.


“This propelled the commissioner to order for his trial, in order to serve as a deterrent to others who are fond of engaging in unprofessional and unethical conducts,” he said.


Adejobi said that the police commissioner urged the general public to believe in the command’s commitment to sanitising and reforming the policing system in the state, in line with international standards.

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