.Police intensifies hunt for video maker
Lagos State Police Command has debunked the alleged military invasion of Igando Police Station on April 14, 2020.
This clarification followed alleged tension at Alimosho Local Government area, as well as wide criticisms trailing the alleged invasion of Igando Police Station, purported arrest and forceful removal of the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Taiwo Kasumu, by a team of military officers. According to the command, the video clip and report trending in the social media, was a calculated attempt by some mischief makers to dent the image of the command, create confusion and panic in the area.
In a telephone interview, the police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), expressed shock and anger over the news and video clip.
The police spokesman who debunked the allegation, said that the information and video were tissues of falsehood and a product of mischief makers.
“This is completely a fake news. We were with the Commissioner of Police during his lastMonday’s tour of Agege, Iju Dopemu, Igando and environs at Igando. The CP visited there with the Brigade Commander and addressed Lagosians and there was no issue. ”
Emphasizing, Elkana said that the military or even the Army, did not arrest any DPO in Lagos and the military cannot remove any DPO as they erroneously reported, because both Agencies have different chains of Command. Clarifying further, Elkana said that the DPO of Igando is not on transfer and has not been removed from his position by the CP.
“CSP Taiwo Kasumu is one of the most hardworking and fine officers in the command, who is contributing his quota to protect lives and property in the state,” Elkana said.
“It would be recalled that on April 14, 2020, some yet to be identified persons allegedly made and manipulated a fake video clip based on false information, which they have been circulating in the social media.
“In the said information making the rounds in the social media, a state of tension and breakdown of the law and order in Igando was painted during the CP’s visit. The alleged false alarm raised in the fake news, also indicated that army personnel in a military convoy invaded the police station, arrested and took the DPO away in chains to Abuja, for what they termed, “Release of Suspects apprehended by military officers and Non- compliance to the government restriction order.”
Another angle to the said fake news, stated that the DPO was arrested in a hotel room with two women and whisked away to Abuja for releasing suspects arrested by OP MESA security outfit, said to have contravened the COVID-19 lockdown.
Reliable checks revealed that the said video was a manipulation of the CP’S visit with the Brigade Commander to Igando, with another clip from an unknown source, showing some suspects being maltreated by hoodlums