13 policemen attached to the Anti- Cultism Unit in Lagos arrested for raiding a night club and dispossessing customers of valuables

Thirteen policemen attached to the Anti-
Cultism Unit in Lagos have been arrested and
are currently being investigated for
unprofessional conduct, raiding a Lagos club
and dispossessing customers of valuables,
money.
The State Police Command’s Spokesperson,
Mr. Chike Oti, said the policeman were
arrested following a publication which exposed
their unprofessional act.
“The attention of the Commissioner of
Police, Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal
has been drawn to the publication on
pages 4 and 5 of the Punch
Newspaper publication of Wednesday,
January 9, 2019 with a headline “CCTV
footage exposes policemen who raided
Lagos night club ”
“Sequel to the publication, the CP
directed that all the policemen
involved in the operation be invited for
questioning.
“Presently, 13 out of the 19 officers
that raided Lakers County night club in
the Ikorodu area of Lagos state have
been arrested and are undergoing
interrogation at the Command’s X-
Squad Section while the rest are
expected to report to the investigation
body before midnight.” it read.
The statement revealed that a team of
detectives have been dispatched to the hotel
to get evidence that would aid Investigation
and ultimately, the prosecution of officers
found culpable. The CP hints that the
Command will never cover up for any officer
who breaches the standard operating
procedure of the Force while carrying out his
duties.
“He therefore assures that at the end of the
ongoing investigation, the Command would as
usual inform members of the public of the
outcome of the probe.” the statement read.
According to the report, management of
Lakers County, a popular night club in the
Ikorodu area of Lagos State, is seeking redress
over an attack by men of the Anti-Cultism Unit
of the Lagos State Police Command. The
policemen allegedly invaded its premises on
Sunday and seized valuables worth several
millions of naira from customers and workers.
Closed-circuit television footage provided to
PUNCH Metro by the club’s management
revealed how the officers perpetuated the act
that sent shivers down the spines of the
customers and workers on duty at the club at
that time. One of the victims, Hassan
Adebowale, said he had gone to Lakers County
to buy shawarma, when the policemen, who
shot into the air, invaded the premises.
“We initially thought they were
robbers, because not all of them were
in police uniform; it was when we saw
some of them in uniform that we
realised that they were policemen,’’ he
said.
“While we were on the floor, we were
told to submit our phones; as we did
that, they also collected chains, car
keys, and went to the bar to pack
drinks and money. Thereafter, they
told us to stand up and tied our
clothes together and marched us into
the bus they brought for the operation.
The police officers in uniform were
about 20, while the ones without
uniform were about 10, with three
female officers leading the squad.”
The Lakers County’s barman, Samuel Edeh,
who was on duty during the police invasion,
said the sales proceeds were taken by one of
the police officers. The management of the
club said that 40 CCTV cameras recorded
everything.

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