Weeks after InsideMainland reported the unlawful arrest an eventual detention of more than 400 persons in a raid by the operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, the Speaker of the Lagos State Assembly, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa has broken his silence on the situation.
The speaker condemned the operations of the Police during a plenary session in the House stressing that the security operatives need to be civil in the approach.
“There is need for police to be civil in their manner; they cannot continue to arrest and detain people just anyhow,” Obasa stressed.
He added that: “We commend the gallant men of the police and those who had lost their lives in the cause of protecting the people, but some of their actions are not good enough.
“It is not right to arrest people, display Indian hemp before them and detain them without proper investigation.”
Furthermore, Obasa directed the clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni, to write a letter to the police to sympathise with them on the loss of one of their officer. He also added that the Force publish an apology in a national daily on the issue.
Recall that residents of Itire, Odi – Olowo and Mushin communities on the Lagos Mainland including a Muslim cleric first cried out about the illegal arrests, brutalization and detention of innocent citizens in the area in February 2018.
At that time, the SARS operatives raided the area an alleged killing of a police officer in Akala community. In the raid, the police arrested over 400 people, including innocent persons who were returning from their various workplaces and worship centers.
In case you missed it, watch the interview of the Muslim cleric narrating his ordeal after his release below.