#EndSARS: Neighbourhood watch officers suspended for joining police to brutalise Uber driver

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The Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LSNA) has suspended four its officers for assaulting an Uber driver during the #EndSARS memorial held on Wednesday in Lagos.

The Agency said the suspension followed its thorough investigation into a viral video where the four men are seen alongside police men assaulting Uber driver Adedotun Clement, adding that the officers were found guilty and sanctioned.

“The Management of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA) has sanctioned all the Officers involved in the unlawful treatment of Mr Adedotun Clement (the Uber Driver) during the ENDSARS anniversary protest,” a statement from LSNA reads.

The statement said after the conduct of an orderly room trial, the two officers and their supervising officers at the venue of the protest were “charged with disreputable conduct as a result of the assault on a member of the public.”

LSNA said its officers used pepper spray on the victim, “which is not a standard issue kit for officers of the Agency.”

The statement never said how the officers came about pepper spray.

The senior officials in-charge of the operations were suspended for a month, while their roles will be conducted by their deputies while they remain on suspension.

“The Commanding Superintendents and the Divisional Commander for Lagos Division of LNSC, under whose jurisdiction and command at the event were also suspended for one Month and their deputies are to act in their place until further notice,” the statement said.

The LSNA tendered a public apology to Mr Adedotun “for the conduct of the officers,” adding that it places high premium on its relationship with the public as its greatest asset.

The officers were publicly de-kitted and suspended from the agency for two months. As part of their punishment they will resume to another agency for behavioral evaluation.

On Wednesday, scores of Nigerian youths observed the one year anniversary of the October 20, 2020 #EndSARS protest.

The memorial turned chaotic after the police shot teargas at civilians and arrested protesters, including journalists at the protest ground.

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