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#OccupyLekki: Police condemns molestation of arrested protesters, institutes immediate investigation

NEWSMAN, Lagos – Lagos State Police Command has condemned the molestation of some arrested Endsars protesters.

Some protesters reportedly arrested at Lekki Tollgate were stripped off their clothes, with some having marks on their bodies due to harrassment by police officers.

As a result, several groups, including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Youths Digit Campaign (YRC) and Corporate Accountability and Public Advocacy Africa (CAPPA), have condemned the arrest and dehumanisation of the protesters.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, in a statement signed by his Public Relations Officer CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said he is “piqued by this unprofessional and inhuman act”, and ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, to analyse the video and bring to book whoever that must have been responsible for the act.

According to the statement, “the attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a viral video where some arrested “Endsars protesters” were being molested in a bus by some individuals after their arrest.

CP Hakeem Odumosu reiterates that, in as much the command is resolute in enforcing all laws in the state, it will not deviate from the Standard Operating Prosecure of the Nigeria Police Force and provisions of the law in discharging its duties; nothing that the command will fish out those responsible for the molestation and ensure they are punished for thier unprofessional conduct.

He further urges Lagosians to be law-abiding and maintain peace at all times as the police and other security agencies will not allow any violence and break down of law and order in any part of the state. 

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