Police Brutality:Obasa Warns Police Against Harassment, Intimidation of Lagos Residents

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly(Mudashiru Obasa)on Wednesday cautioned the police in the state against harassment, intimidation and extortion of residents if they wanted to be respected.

Obasa disclosed this on the floor of the House when the lawmakers honored the outgoing Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, who has been promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police and due to retire in January 2022.

Obasa said Odumosu was honored as the first commissioner of police in the state to stand before the lawmakers in the hallowed chamber and address Lagosians on his experience and issues with policing Lagos because he is considered to have effectively managed the security of the state.

The Speaker thanked commissioner for his openness and responsiveness each time there were issues affecting the peace of the state.

He said,“It is important to call on those behind you to know that the relationship between the police and the people need to be constantly improved upon,” Obasa said adding that men of the Nigeria Police Force needed to build more trust among the people and make them know they are truly being served.

“Everybody must be treated with respect, dignity and honor and that is how we can earn our respect. Policing should not be about harassment and extortion but building trust among the people and making them comfortable,” Obasa advised.