Inhabitants of Itun Oko Oba in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area of Lagos State are appealing to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG, in charge of Zone 2, Mr. Balla Hassan, to come to their rescue over alleged incessant harassment and arrest by the men of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti-Yaba, Lagos.
The residents in a petition written by their lawyer, Mr. Ola Ogunbiyi, to the AIG alleged that the men of the SCIID in connivance with one Mr. Segun Wright have been coming to their community attempting to burn it down.
The residents’ petition dated November 9, 2015, and captioned ‘Harassment and Arrest of Itun Oko Oba Residents, Attempt to Burn the Community by Mr. Segun Wright and the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CIID, Panti-Yaba, and the Need for Urgent Action by the Inspector-General of Police,’ which copy was made available to Nigerian Pilot, alleged that the men of SCIID, alongside the said Mr. Wright, invaded their community on November 6, 2015, at 4.55pm, and started arresting indiscriminately without any explanation.
The residents said it took the intervention of one of the community leaders in the person of Re. Benson Elebiju, who accosted the police led by one Inspector Apashe from D9 Section, and the said Mr. Wright, before the arrested residents could be released.
Consequently, the residents of the community are appealing to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to use his good office in compelling the Deputy Commission of Police in charge of State CIID, Panti-Yaba, to stop forthwith harassing and arresting them and the abuse of state power.
The inhabitants also appealed to the IGP to investigate the alleged act in order to stop further acts of lawlessness and an attempt to ridicule Nigeria Police Force.
However, reacting to the petition, the Nigeria Police Zone 2 Public Relation Officer, Mr. Adewale Lawal, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, confirmed that the petition had got to the zonal command.
CSP Lawal also said the police zonal command had commenced investigation on the community’s petition.

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