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2 policemen arrested for assaulting LASTMA officials

Lagos, Nigeria. Image source superhotmobile

Lagos, Nigeria. Image source superhotmobile

The Spokeswoman of the Lagos State Police Command, DSP. Patricia Amadin, said on Thursday that two policemen had been arrested for allegedly assaulting officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA).

Amadin made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.

“The command has arrested two policemen for complicity in the assault of LASTMA officials while on their legitimate duty.

“The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has warned policemen in the command to uphold the highest standards of their professional calling.

“The CP has warned that the command will zealously work to uphold zero tolerance for indiscipline, abuse of human rights and incivility to members of the public,’’ Amadin said.

She said the command would not hesitate to bring erring officers to book.

Amadin said the commissioner of police had always frowned at unprofessional conducts by policemen.

She explained that trouble started on Aug. 5 when a policeman from the Ojo Division, who was said to be in pursuit of a suspected criminal, fired at the tyre of the fleeing car.

Amadin said the bullet brushed through the arm of a passer-by, causing instant tension and anger among some on-lookers.

“The timely intervention of a senior police officer in Ojo area of the state averted what would have been a major civil disturbance at Iyana-Oba bus stop on Wednesday.

“An attempt by miscreants to take advantage of the situation to foment trouble was averted as the police leadership employed a combination of alternative dispute resolution and community policing tactics to calm frayed nerves.

“The policeman has since been arrested and detained, pending the commencement of disciplinary procedures against him.

“The injured citizen who was rushed to the hospital by the police is receiving treatment,’’ she said.



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