‘Only God has the right to take a life’ – Lagos police commissioner lashes out at policemen

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The Lagos state police commissioner has called on all police officials to shun bribery and corruption

Fatai Owoseni also spoke out against police brutality and the senseless killings

He also warned that police found guilty of such will be made to leave the state

Fatai Owoseni, the Lagos state police commissioner, on Tuesday, May 23 warned Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the state police command to shun bribery or leave the state. He also warned that the era of impunity and corruption among police officials was gone.

According to Premium Times, he appeal to his subordinates to come for transfer if they would not want to play by the rules in the state.

The spokesperson for the Lagos police command, Olarinde Famous-Cole, quoted Mr. Owoseni as saying: “I am tired of hearing about shooting or killing of innocent persons. No one has the right to take another man’s life. It is only God that has the right to take life. “It is your responsibility as a DPO to know those who are collecting bribe under you. If you refuse to stop them, they will stop you from being a DPO.

“It is embarrassing to see policemen collecting bribes and chasing yahoo yahoo boys for a DPO. I would not cover any DPO. I will expose you. Just leave Lagos before I get to your station. I cannot share out of your misconduct. I will give your photographs and details to journalists to expose you.

“I am shocked to hear that some Area Commanders and DPOs are on the pay rolls of fraudsters. I am investigating. Just pray that I don’t get you. Just know that you are causing pains for taxpayers if you are intimidating them and collecting bribe from criminals.

“It is a curse to build a house with the money. The building would collapse on your head. Some of you even take people to the bank to collect money. If you train your children with the money, they won’t be useful to you.

“If those who were in the force before us bastardized it, we would not have the opportunity to be enlisted in the police. I am tired of pleading with police victims because you are doing what you are not supposed to do. Remember, one day, you are going to die and give account to your creator.

“Go back to your areas of jurisdiction and warn your men against brutality, indiscriminate use of handcuffs on pregnant women, elders and persons with disability.

“Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) should take note. I will not tolerate any act of indiscipline.

“Learn a lesson from DPO Ijeshatedo, who shot dead a fashion designer. He is in our custody and we are compiling charges against him. He would soon be arraigned in court.

“All DPOs in Ikorodu should use all resources within their disposals to fish out Badoo cult group that has been causing havoc in the community. I am giving you all 48 hours to decongest your cells. Nobody should be detained more than 48 hours. I will conduct checks on the cells.”

Recently, a police inspector and two siblings were reportedly killed during a masquerade festival at Ilagbo community, in the Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos state.

The youths of Oriyanrin community on Saturday, May 20, grouped themselves and laid in ambush for some Ilagbo youths who were returning from the festival. The two siblings who lost their lives in the rampage are identified as Ismaila and Matanle.

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