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Lagos CP: There’s nothing like accidental discharge — police intentionally kill civilians

The new police commissioner in Lagos, Idowu Owohunwa, has declared claims of ‘accidental discharge’ by security operatives as a ruse, insisting that security operatives intentionally shoot innocent civilians.

Mr Owohunwa said this on Wednesday during his visit to some area commands as part of his familiarisation tour to all police formations in the command.

The commissioner, who visited Area G Ogba and Area F Ikeja, where he addressed all the DPOs in the areas, urged the police officers to be professional in their conduct.

“I will not take ‘accidental discharge’ from any of my officers. In fact, there is nothing like ‘accidental discharge’, and it must not happen. Someone cocked the gun, and that same person fired,” Mr Owohunwa explained. “You call it ‘accidental discharge’? No, I will not accept it. No one will be spared for ‘accidental discharge’ in this command.”

The police chief in Lagos requested area commanders and DPOs to furnish him with all the black spots in their areas of jurisdiction and how they are checked.

He also requested the officers to tell him about the challenges in their areas and divisions.

Mr Owohunwa also visited the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, where he met with its executive secretary, Abdulrasaq Balogun, and requested continuous support.

Mr Balogun said that the fund would always support the police and other security agencies in Lagos. He added that they have been working with all police commissioners posted to the state.

The LSTF boss pointed out that the fund was established to secure life and property in Lagos.

Mr Owohunwa, on Tuesday, took over the leadership of police command in Lagos from Abiodun Alabi, now acting AIG in charge of Zone 2.

In his speech, Mr Owohunwa said he would hit the ground running immediately and visit many police formations under him unannounced.


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