The police in Lagos says they will investigate the molestation and harassment of peaceful protesters arrested on Saturday at Lekki Tollgate.
The spokesperson of the Lagos police, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made this known in a statement on Sunday.
Adejobi said the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has condemned the molestation of the protesters which was shown in a viral video and promised an immediate investigation.
“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a viral video where some arrested ‘Endsars protesters’ were being molested in a bus by some individuals after their arrest.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who was piqued by this unprofessional and inhuman act, has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, to analyse the video and bring to book whoever that must have been responsible for the act,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
There were reports that some of the protesters arrested at Lekki Tollgate were stripped off their clothes, with some having marks on their bodies due to harrassment by police officers.
Several groups, including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Youths Digit Campaign (YRC) and Corporate Accountability and Public Advocacy Africa (CAPPA), have condemned the arrest and dehumanisation of the protesters.
Odumosu, the Lagos police chief, said an immediate investigation would be instituted on the ‘molestation’ of arrested protesters.
He said the police were resolute in enforcing all laws in the state and would not deviate from the Standard Operating Procedure of the Nigeria Police Force and provisions of the law in discharging its duties.
“The command will fish out those responsible for the molestation and ensure they are punished for thier unprofessional conduct,” the police said.