Lagos CP orders arrest of policeman for assaulting journalist

Lagos CP orders arrest of policeman for assaulting journalist

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has ordered for the arrest and detention of an inspector of Police for assaulting journalist on duty in the state.


The Lagos Police authorities have arrested the inspector for assaulting a photojournalist, Innocent Adadu during a protest in the Maryland area of the state.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the spokesman for the State Police Command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.

Our correspondent gathered that Adadu, attached to the Police Mobile Force, Ikeja allegedly hit the journalist, Kayode Jaiyeola, the staff of The Punch, with a stick which injured him.

Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered the immediate detention of the inspector.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu,  has ordered for immediate detention and orderly room trial of one Inspector Adadu Innocent attached to PMF 22 Ikeja, for hitting with a stick and injuring one Kayode Jaiyeola, m, of the Punch newspaper at Maryland,  Lagos on Thursday, 1st October 2020 at about 11.10 am,” the statement read in parts.

We gathered that the Commissioner rushed to the scene of the incident and singlehandedly moved the injured journalist to the Police Hospital in the area.

As Police Boss was waiting to ensure that the injured journalist received immediate and best medical treatment, the Commissioner “cut-off his movements to stay throughout the journalist’s treatment and subsequent discharge.”

“The preliminary findings carried out by the Commissioner of Police and eye witness accounts from senior officers on ground, revealed that the cop suddenly attacked the journalist, without any previous altercation or confrontation.

“This propelled the Commissioner of Police to order for his trial in order to serve as a deterrent to others who are fond of engaging in unprofessional and unethical conduct,” the PPRO said.

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