A human right group, Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA), and a medical doctor with the Lagos State Government, have petitioned the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohim Edgal, over alleged threat to life, harassment and assault by a police officer attached with the Governor’s Monitoring Team (GMT).
The petition jointly written by HURMA’s Executive Director/NationalCoordinator, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak, and the medical doctor, Falaye Oludare Stephen, attached to Somolu General Hospital, Lagos, alleged that a police officer, one Omotayo Ojo, attached with GMT, had on November 6, 2017, rough handled an aged woman named Bolaji Falaye and her son, Adejare Falaye, at the Adeniji junction of 3rd Mainland bridge.
On the said day, the petitioners stated that the two Falayes were assisted to the said Adeniji junction by a motorist, and upon alighting from the car, and about going their way, that the said police officer rushed out from the GMT’s blackmaria and grabbed the two Falayes in an attempt to haul them into the vehicle. Adding that in the process of dragging them to the blackmaria, he dealt a blow of on them which led to the dislocation of Adejare’s right shoulder.
The medical doctor particularly stated that when he got a distress call from his mummy about the situation, and rushed down to the scene, the said police officer, after introduced and identified himself to him, instead of the police officer to listen to him, further threatened to shoot at him, as he entered the blackmaria and pointed a gun at him and also attempted to deflate his tyre.
Dr. Falaye also stated that when the police officer eventually released his family and all that were seized from them which including their mobile phones and a booklet, and took his brother Lagos State Accident and Emergency Unit, at Toll gate, for treatment on the injured shoulder, where it was revealed of an obvious deformity and flattening of the right shoulder.
In the medical report attached with the petition, which was signed by Dr. Adebowale B. O, the victim was diagnosed of right shoulder dislocation to trauma.
Consequently, both the HURMA and Dr. Falaye, are appealing to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to immediately investigate the matter and take necessary action. As well, demand for prompt justice and compensation.
HURMA however stated that the genuine effort of the new Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohim Edgal, in reshaping the face of the Nigeria Police Force, to appear people’s friendly, still seems to be impossible by the black elements within.
HURMA, however stated that in as much it appreciate the promptness which which the office of the Public Complaint Bureau, of the Lagos Commissioner of Police responded to its petition, hoping Falaye’s issue will be so promptly resolved with necessary compensation to the affected family, and as well sanctioned the erring officer.
Pic. The injured Falaye Adejare Falaye