A civil rights organisation, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has called on relevant authorities to beam their investigative light on the activities of personnel attached to the Area ‘F’ of the Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
This said it is also calling on authorities to prevent service personnel attached to the Area “F’ from further harassing, threatening and intimidating an Ajuwon, Ogun State based auto dealer, Mr. Oderinde Olakunle Kamar, whom the group stated has abandoned his home due to incessant raid by the errant policemen.
In a statement issued by its Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi A. Sulaiman in Lagos on Monday, the group also called on the Nigeria Police Service Commission (NPSC), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), #ENDSARS Judicial Panel, National Police Council (NPC), Chairmen of Police Committees of the National Assembly to beam their searchlight on the police in Lagos Area ‘F’ Command over alleged rights abuse.
The group, however, lauded the Commissioner of Police in charge of Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu for instituting a probe into the activities of some police formations such as Iba Police Station, Panti State CID, Bode Thomas Police, Meiran, Ojodu and others.
“We are bringing to your notice, the unwholesome practice and conducts of personnel attached to Area ‘F’ Police Command. We are using this platform to call on the state police commissioner and other relevant government agencies to beam their searchlights on the activities of these policemen who in many occasions go beyond their bounds and call of duty to perpetrate their evil acts.” Sulaiman said.
CHRSJ accused men of the Area ‘F’ Command of carrying out unlawful duty of arresting an auto dealer based in Ajuwon area of Ogun State, which is clearly outside their area of jurisdiction and command.
According to the group, the auto dealer, Oderinde Olakunle Kamar sold a Nigerian used vehicle, 2009 model of Toyota Camry to a customer, Mr. John Tyoapine on the 21st of November, 2020 at the rate of N1, 850,000.00 (One Million, Eight Hundred & Fifty Thousand Naira).
“When Tyoapine bought the vehicle, he came with his mechanic who certified it as okay to be bought and payment was made by him only for him to come back to state that he has decided to arrest Kamar on 28th of January, 2021, alleging that the engine of the vehicle had ceased to function.” Sulaiman stated.