Lagos Police Commissioner Orders Trial of Officer for Assault on Journalist

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The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for immediate detention and orderly room trial of Adadu Innocent, an Inspector attached to PMF 22 Ikeja, for gross abuse of a journalist. Adadu had injured Kayode Jaiyeola of the Punch newspaper by hitting him with a stick. The event happened at Maryland, Lagos on Thursday, 1st October, 2020 at about 11.10am during a peaceful protest by RevolutionNow

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 individuals, raced to the scene and personally moved the injured journalist to the Police Cottage (hospital) at Area F, GRA, Ikeja. There Jaiyeola was treated even as Odumosu waited to ensure that the injured journalist was given immediate and best medical treatment. The commissioner of police cut-off his movements to stay throughout the journalist’s treatment and subsequent discharge.

In a statement signed by Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos Command, it was stated that the preliminary findings carried out by the Commissioner of Police and eye witness accounts from senior officers on ground, revealed that the cop suddenly attacked the journalist, without any previous altercation or confrontation. This propelled the Commissioner of Police to order for his trial in order to serve as deterrent to others who are fond of engaging in unprofessional and unethical conducts. Odumosu urged the general public to believe in the command’s commitment to sanitizing and reforming the policing system in Lagos State in conformity with the international standards.

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