Group drags DPO, Policemen before IGP, CP

The Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has dragged Meiran Divisional Police Headquarters in Alimosho Local Government area of Lagos state to the Police authority over the incessant illegal arrest of drivers and Okada riders plying the area.

In the petition that was signed by CHRSJ’S Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, which was sent to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and his deputy, as well as the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, the group urged the Police authority to investigate the incessant arrest of citizens by Police operatives of the division.

The petition was sent following the arrest of an Okada rider, identified as Mr. Asimiyu Saheed, by a Policeman, whose name was simply stated as Ade over frivolous allegations, and he was forcefully made to sign an undertaking to refund the money of the device that was collected.

The story, according to the group, started when Asimiyu took two Make-up Artist as passengers and one of them was woman friend of Police officer “Ade” of Meiran Divisional Police Station, to an hotel where a man also called himself a Theatre Artist, looking for a make-up artist.

The man who called himself a theatre artist however tricked the duo by collecting their phones and disappeared into thin air.

Officer Ade, upon hearing what happened told the ladies to report the issue at the Police station and that Asimiyu would be made to pay for the lost phones which amounts to about N80,000.

Asimiyu was arrested by the Policemen on March 12 and was detained for three days, before he was released on bail after his
family made the payment of bail fees of (N30, 000).

The group lamented that the Policemen forcefully made Asimiyu to sign an undertaking to refund the ladies the N80,000 amount of the phones, instead of investigating the issue in order to nab the suspect that tricked the ladies of their phones.

The group alleged that it has become a tradition at the police station to arrest innocent citizens and make them pay for offences that they are not aware of.

The group mentioned the attempted murder of one Ismaila Danladi and his friends which the then DPO of the same Meiran Police tation ordered to be killed at the eve of Christmas festival in 2018, but were lucky to survive the brutal attack of the policemen.

The group also recalled the case of Danladi, a 40 year-old man, who was illegally arrested along with his friend, Oghadi, on Monday 24th of December, 2018, and nearly died from gunshot wounds that he sustained in his right leg at the hands of men of the Station who stormed the Okesina Street in the Meiran area, off  the Lagos – Abeokuta express way for their illegal duty on the fateful day and for the saving grace of the National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) which was still investigating the Divisional Station on the dastard act.

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