Police refutes disrupting Babajide Sanwo-olu’s campaign rally in Ikorodu …Warns fake news peddlers to desist from such act
CP, Edgal Imohimi, Lagos
The Lagos state police command in a statement has denied allegations that it interrupted the rally of a strong contender of the APC governorship ticket in Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-olu, in Ikorodu.
According to the statement, the command said, “The attention of the authorities of the Nigeria Police, Lagos State Command, has been drawn to the news making the rounds on a social media platform with www.theguildng.com., with a story captioned ‘Police caught pulling down Sanwo-olu’s campaign posters, shoots sporadically in Ikorodu’.
“The Command wishes to inform the general public that there is no truth in the allegation and for the records, it wishes to state that on 27/09/2018, at about 16:30hrs, at the Civil Service Model College, Ikorodu, one Oregbesan Yekini Owolabi, a staff of the aforementioned school, while acting on the instruction of the College Principal, one Reverend Ajose, to paste a “POST NO BILL” warnings on the school fence to prevent the defacing of the wall by advertisers, was accosted by unknown persons who accused him of removing posters of politicians which he vehemently denied”.
“In the ensuing argument, one of the policemen posted on guard duty at the school, Inspector Sunday Ogwuche intervened but unfortunately, he was attacked by these yet to be identified persons. These men, not done with humiliating the Inspector of police still went ahead to put his picture on the social media to give life to their lies”.
“Although the picture they circulated contradicted their allegations because the officer wasn’t seen in the said picture yanking off posters from the wall, yet these mischief makers desperate to cause disharmony in a peaceful state, went ahead to portray an innocent middle ranking officer of the Nigeria Police in a most uncharitable manner with an intent to cause a breach of the public peace”.
The Command however said it assures Lagosians, especially politicians, that it will discharge its duties firm and fair to all inhabitants of the state while warning those using the social media to fuel hatred and incite the public to desist from such acts as the Command will not just stand idly and watch them cause civil strife. “The Command has always been apolitical and would ever remain so”.