A Police Inspector, named Adadu Innocent, has been put under detention on the order of the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, following an attack on one Mr. Kayode Jaiyeola, a Punch Newspaper reporter covering the activities of protesters during the Independence Day.
Protesters agitating under the banner of “Revolution Now” had trooped to the streets of Lagos to call for an overhauling of the Nigerian government for lack of proper representation of the Nigerian citizens, however, the Journalist, while covering the whole event was attacked by the Police Officer who hit him with a stick and injured him in the process.
In a statement signed by the Lagos State Command Police PRO, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the state Commissioner informed that the arrest and detention of the police inspector was taken in order to serve as a deterrent to others who are “fond of engaging in unprofessional and unethical conducts”.
Findings carried out by the Police Boss from both eye witnesses at the scene of the incidence and senior officers on ground, revealed that the attack by Adadu on the journalist was unprovoked and unwarranted.
The statement disclosed, “The police chief, who was monitoring the deployment and operational activities of officers and men of the command for the enforcement of the order against unlawful gathering and protest by some unpatriotic individuals, raced to the scene and personally moved the injured journalist to the Police Cottage (hospital) at Area F, GRA, Ikeja, where he personally waited and ensured the injured journalist was given immediate and best medical treatment.”
The Commissioner however urged Nigerians to believe in the Police’s commitment geared towards reforming the System of policing in the Lagos and ensuring professionalism that conforms with international standards.