Policemen refused to attend to my complaint – Lagos CP

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, says policemen from a division in the state referred him to another division, when he disguised as a motorist whose vehicle had just been snatched.

Owoseni, who was speaking on jurisdictional problems usually encountered when people had emergency complaints to make to the police, said the command was working at ensuring that the police could attend to complaints of people without the barrier of jurisdiction.

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The CP said this on Friday during the visit of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.

The CP said, “There is sometimes the problem of jurisdiction when a complainant comes to a police station, and the officers there refer him to the station where the incident happened.

“When I freshly resumed as the CP, I paid a disguised visit to a police division in the Agege area. I told them that my vehicle was snatched around Abule Egba. The officers, who should have radioed the information, said I should go to the division in Abule Egba.

“The point is, the police are the same and jurisdiction should not be a barrier to reporting cases of sexual abuses.”

Earlier, a spokesperson for the team, who is also Director, Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, Omotola Rotimi, said the police should prosecute officers that put pressure on the victims to accept “settlement.”

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