The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has pushed back at report that he shut down Brooks Estate, Magodo at Isheri area of the state and arrested its security guards for delaying him.
Reports had it that Odumosu visited the estate for a party hosted by an aide of the Federal Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, but he was delayed during the Checking-in process.
The police commissioner subsequently arrested the guards and shut down the gate, making it impossible for residents to go in and out of the estate.
He was also said to have stationed policemen at the entrance, to ensure the enforcement of his orders.
Denying the power-drunk slur via a statement by the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, the CP said, “CP Hakeem Odumosu who was recently promoted to the enviable rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police due to his hard work and commitment to duty, visited the public Estate yesterday, January 1, 2022 to meet a strategic partner at a function after going round, visiting some places in the state to ensure the safety of Lagosians.
“The Commissioner of Police was accompanied by his armed security details and was driven in his official car bearing an official number plate and a pennant, including all the paraphernalia of office.
“On reaching the Estate gate, he was properly introduced notwithstanding the visible security details in uniform including a dispatch rider in his convoy, yet he was prevented from entering the Estate by some overzealous private security guards.
“All appeals to the security men to allow the CP to go to see someone at a function where an urgent matter bordering on security was to be discussed, fell on deaf ears even when they had foreknowledge of his coming.
“In spite of this deliberate humiliation, the senior police officer remained calm. When it became obvious that the security men were going overboard, the CP after about 30 minutes humiliation, ordered the arrest of four of the security men, leaving one.
“However, in order not to make the Estate porous, the Commissioner of Police immediately posted well-armed policemen at the gate to support the security man left behind.”