The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has condemned in its entirety the,action of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Manko, for allegedly ordering a correspondent of The PUNCH, Mr Kunle Falayi, out of the police command headquarters for publishing a story on how some policemen shot some victims of robbery attack in their residence.
Reacting to the news, CACOL Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran noted that the action of the CP speaks volume of the barbaric and inhumane way the men of the Nigerian Police treat an average Nigerian on daily basis.
“The police boss has demonstrated what an average Nigerian faces in the hands of our present crop of policemen. It is rather unfortunate that a whole commissioner of police could attempt to cover the crimes committed by his men. Has the Nigerian Police ceased to be a public institution that its activities should be shielded from the public domain? That is violation of the constitutional rights of the said journalist and must be handled the way of the law. In the past months, Lagos State has witnessed all forms of extrajudicial killings and inhumane treatment of its citizens by the policemen with many cases yet to be unravelled. The CP has done nothing to address this challenges to improve the dwindling image of his administration but to further complicate it.
Adeniran however berated the other journalists that covered the press conference organised by the CP maintaining that they should have solidarise with their colleague by walking out on the power-drunk police boss.