In a bid to stop the unlawful arrest of Lagosians, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has asked that some police officers attached to the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Unit be redeployed.
Officers of the taskforce had, last Friday, raided different parts of Lagos, leading to the rough treatment and arrests of innocent citizens.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, on Tuesday, revealed that the governor has sent a formal request to the state commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni asking for the immediate deployment of the officers.
He said this was due to their “unacceptable conduct.”
According to the statement, investigations revealed that the second in command to the Chairman of the Taskforce, SP Taiwo Adeoluwa, authorized the unofficial raid without the approval of the Chairman, SP Saheed Egbeyemi.
“The conduct of the affected officers is not in tandem with the vision of Lagos State Government and is therefore condemnable. Their conduct is also unbecoming of officers who are expected to protect the citizenry and ensure that citizens and visitors find every part of the state safe and conducive enough not only on Friday nights but every day,” the statement said.
The statement also apologized to affected residents, while stating that the government will not tolerate extortion of its citizens.