Reactions As Policemen Abandon Lagos And Abuja Roads After #EndSARS Protests

Published On: October 27, 2020, 1:05 pm (3 weeks ago)
Author: kacy lee

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and Lagos State are now living in palpable fear as policemen, officials of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), have deserted most roads and neighbourhoods.

Just a few military personnel are now sighted around areas where there are public assets like the International Airport, the state secretariat, multinationals, foreign embassies, among others.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had ordered the mobilisation of all police operational assets and resources to bring an end to the violence, killings, looting and destruction of public and private property in parts of the country, but the order has been largely ignored.

Aggrieved policemen in most cities have retreated to their barracks following the murder of their colleagues and the torching and looting of their stations by criminals who hijacked the #ENDSARS protests.

Police sources said officers and men felt unappreciated by both the government and citizens that they suffer discomfort to protect. They went into their shells in silent protest, a source said.

Some policemen who confided in The Guardian expressed displeasure over the way they were treated by fellow countrymen. They said some of them are visibly depressed and heart-broken, adding that it will take a long while for citizens’ confidence in the police to be restored.

One of them who wants to remain anonymous said: “You people said soldiers are more civil than the police, we have now left you in the hands of soldiers. I don’t want to say more than this.”

Another said: “I feel ashamed and unhappy to be called a policeman. No one is counting the number of policemen killed during this whole mess. Are we not human beings? Don’t we have the right to life?”

Police sources said the hoodlums did not spare female cops as a handful of them fell victims to their onslaught. One of them said: “We are mourning. We are in pain. They killed our men, our women, and even injured so many others. A lot of those injured are still in the hospital. It was not a pleasant experience.”

A resident identified as Joshua Oladipo said:
“I left home on Monday for the office and I couldn’t find a single law enforcement officer at the duty post in Lagos. This is a grave risk if hoodlums still see that with the relaxation of curfew, law enforcement agencies are absent.

“I fear for the next wave of insecurity looming in the state, as police weapons have entered into wrong hands after many police stations were attacked and vandalized last week. This is besides the confusion and congestion on the road with the absence of the dreaded LASTMA officers.”

A resident on essential duty, who left the office around 11 pm on Sunday, relived how ran into thugs as he made to make a U-turn at the Abule Egba Bridge along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

“I encountered two roadblocks mounted by unclad area boys under the flyover at Abule Egba. I didn’t see any police checkpoints from Oshodi through Capitol Road (Agege axis where I dropped off a colleague) to Iyana Ipaja.

“Approaching the U-turn under the Abule Egbe flyover, two cars that took ‘one-way’ nearly ran into me. As I wondered why they took one-way, I met the first roadblock. I slowed down slightly, expecting to see policemen. Suddenly the boys appeared.

“As they made to surround my car, I sped off and meandered in-between a drum and a piece of wood they placed on the road. Another set of boys waited in front just immediately after the U-turn. The first set of boys chased after me, screaming to alert the others ahead. Other boys came out of their hideouts. I increased speed as I turned, tyres screeching.

“They had piled old tyres just after the U-turn, expecting me to stop or slow down…but I drove through the tyres. Fortunately, nothing heavier was placed on the road to stop me. God knows what would have happened if they had succeeded in stopping me.

“A heavy stick landed on the car as I raced away. The stick missed the windscreen and windows by inches. The U-turn is usually well lit, with a police checkpoint, but it was in darkness Sunday night and policemen were nowhere in sight.”

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said his men overcome the feeling of disillusionment.

“We are now back. As I speak to you, we are on convoy patrol. I have addressed my men and the Area Commanders and DPOs have also spoken to them.

“Yes, they are hurt having lost colleagues, friends and loved ones, it is normal to feel pain after seeing the destruction on police properties.

“But we have spoken to them and they understand that the primary duty of protecting lives and property must continue. They have now returned to work. Those whose stations were burnt or destroyed have been asked to resume at the area commands.

“If you go out now (yesterday evening), you will see policemen in their uniforms performing their duties. As peace gradually returns, everything will normalise,”
he said.

Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the deployment of policemen was now intelligence-driven. He denied that there were no policemen on the streets.

“There are massive operations ongoing simultaneously in several states of the federation aimed at reclaiming the public space from hoodlums.

“In line with that operation, our deployment strategy has been very methodical. It is intelligence-driven, target-oriented and purposeful. What I mean is that we are deploying in areas most importance.

“If there is intelligence, for example, indicating that a particular place is about or likely to be attacked, then it becomes important that we strengthen the security around those areas and reduce the vulnerability of the target. That is what we are doing.

“We are conducting street patrols and at the same time concentrating our operations on areas we consider vulnerable,”
he said.

Posted: (3 weeks ago) on 27-10-2020 01:05 PM | Addicted Hero
you can't eat your cake and still have it! una dey kill policeman up and down Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: (3 weeks ago) on 27-10-2020 01:19 PM | Addicted Hero
Nigeria must be for all of us,or none of us

Posted: (3 weeks ago) on 27-10-2020 02:42 PM | Hero
Quote from: gogoman on 27-10-2020 01:19 PM
you can't eat your cake and still have it! una dey kill policeman up and down Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
"You cannot have your cake and eat it" is the correct expression.
Posted: (3 weeks ago) on 27-10-2020 02:51 PM | Upcoming
Oh u expect to see police after all d risk they pass through for us with a salary not up to anything. u disgraced them bcuz of d few miscreants among them that even in ur family u have such people in. And now expecting them to protect u from d same area boys that u protested against them with? Sorry o, go and have a rethink. Know that every action has it's concequenses
Posted: (3 weeks ago) on 27-10-2020 07:47 PM | Gistmaniac


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