Reports have it that some operatives of the Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday, April 17, 209, stormed Mushin community, Lagos Mainland, to arrest residents for staging a protest at the headquarters of Eko Distribution Company (EKEDC) to demand distribution of prepaid meters.
According to sources, the officers deployed from Olosan Police Division, stormed the community, chasing residents and arresting anyone they could catch.
The electricity distribution company usually employs the service of the Police to harass and intimidate residents whenever they demanded for their rights, some residents told Sahara Reporters.
Commenting, Moses Ogunleye, spokesperson of the community, bemoaned the connivance of the Police with the electricity distribution company to intimidate the community residents.
He told Sahara Reporters that “The Police officers stormed the community with their Hilux van and arrested seven of us. The raid was because of the protest we staged to the headquarters of EKEDC on Tuesday to demand that they stop giving us estimated billing and distribute prepaid meters to all houses in Mushin. What they usually do is that they will come into the community, arrest people, immediately charge them to court on frivolous charges and take our people to Kirikiri.”
Another resident revealed that among those kidnapped was a woman who just delivered a baby. “They arrested some youth and a woman. The woman who was arrested had just given birth to a baby and the baby is currently at home now. This is not the first time they will be doing this.”
Meanwhile, the community residents called on the state government and the Inspector-General of Police to call police officers to order and dissuade from the indiscriminate and illegal raid and arrest of Mushin community residents.
The Lagos State Police spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana was reportedly contacted but unreachable for comments on the incident.