The operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have debunked viral claims that it disrupted the rally of a contender of the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial primary, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, in Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland.
In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the Command, CSP Chike Oti, the Police said there is no truth in the allegation.
“The attention of the authorities of the Nigeria Police, Lagos State Command, has been drawn to the news making the rounds on a social media platform with www. the guildng. com as its Web address.
“The operators of the said platform, wrote a story which they captioned “Police caught pulling down Sanwo-olu’s campaign posters, shoots sporadically in Ikorodu”
“The Command wishes to inform the general public that there is no truth in the allegation and for the records, it wishes to state that on 27/09/2018, at about 1630hrs, at the Civil Service Model College, Ikorodu, one Oregbesan Yekini Owolabi, a staff of the aforementioned school, while acting on the instruction of the College Principal, one Reverend Ajose, to paste a “POST NO BILL” warnings on the school fence to prevent the defacing of the wall by advertisers, was accosted by unknown persons who accused him of removing posters of politicians which he vehemently denied. In the ensuing argument, one of the policemen posted on guard duty at the school, Inspector Sunday Ogwuche, intervened but unfortunately, he was attacked by these yet to be identified persons,” part of the statement read.
Oti added that; “These men, not done with humiliating the Inspector of police, still went ahead to put his picture on the social media to give live to their lies.
“Although the picture they circulated contradicted their allegations because the officer wasn’t seen in the said picture yanking off posters from the wall, yet these mischief makers desperate to cause disharmony in a peaceful state, went ahead to portray an innocent middle ranking officer of the Nigeria Police in a most uncharitable manner with an intent to cause a breach of the public peace.”
He concluded saying; “The Command wishes to assure Lagosians, especially politicians, that it will discharge its duties firm and fair to all inhabitants of the state while warning those using the social media to fuel hatred and incite the public, to desist from such acts as the Command will not stand idly by and watch them cause civil strife. The Command has always been apolitical and would ever remain so.”