There was pandemonium at the Zone 2 Command of the Nigeria Police Force, Onikan, Lagos on Monday, following a deafening noise that culminated in a bomb scare that caused officers, complainants and other visitors to the command scampering for safety in broad daylight, chanting ‘Boko Haram’.
The melee followed the action of a man who claimed his case was being frustrated at the Command and as such decided to vent his anger and disappointment on the official car of the Assistant Inspector General of the Command, AIG Abdulmajid Ali.
The middle aged man, who arrived at the reception of the Command donning a native Ankara dress, went berserk shortly after being screened to enter the premises as he picked a metal he sighted in the compound and used it to vandalise the Toyota Camry 2014 model official car of the Police boss.
The man whose name is still being shrouded in secrecy as at press time, broke the front and back windscreen of the vehicle, while about ten Mobile Police, mounting surveillance on the premises watched in total confusion.
The man, who said his case had been wobbling in the station for more than two years without being charged to court, said he took the action to force the attention of the new AIG unto his case.
OrijoReporter investigation reveals that there are several cases that have been frustrated and swept under the carpet by Police operatives at Zone 2 as a result of sharp practices.
Aware of the rot in the Zone, Ali, as a way of bringing sanity into the operations in the station, has introduced several measures to curtail the excesses of men and officers of the Command.
Before now, Policemen in the Command used to come to office in mufti on Friday, a habit AIG Ali had moved against with a strong warning that all Policemen on duty must appear in their uniform throughout the week to curb incessant cases of low ranked policemen posing as officers to engage in sharp practices.
Policemen in the Command are said to have been impersonating, claiming ranks above what they really are, to swindle complainants and suspects alike.
Also, about two weeks ago, the AIG issued a warning that no Policeman in the Command should report to duty later than 7:30am and that whoever flaunts the order should be locked out.
Just recently, an attempt to provide a soft landing in a case involving two men in whose house two guns were found, blew open as the officer heading the anti fraud section in the Command was trying to cover up for the suspects.
About two months ago, a search was conducted in the house of two suspects after which two guns were recovered. The search was conducted by operatives of the Anti Fraud Section, headed by Mr. Chike Otti, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP. But Otti, rather than referring the case file to the Assistant Commissioner of Police, ASP Atayero, in line with protocol, decided to sweep it under rug while he released the suspects on bail.
Trouble started when the complainant in the case, filed a petition to the AIG in respect of the case.
The AIG, we learnt, called for the file, and in the process realized that the senior officers who supposed to be handling the case were not aware of such development.
The development led to the questioning of the sectional heads, which eventually unveiled that Otti collected a hundred thousand naira from the suspects to grant them bail.
Investigation reveals that cases under Otti is often time not being treated with the needed zeal. The DSP is said to be in the habit of collecting money from suspects after which he would be trying to settle matter with complainant so that the case do not go to court.
Meanwhile, the man who broke the AIG’s car windscreen has been immediately arrested and detained while a Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Command, Mr. Akinmoyede, assured that his case would be looked into
By Gboyega Adeoye
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