Five policemen have been arrested by the Lagos state police command in connection to the abduction and torture of a journalist, Femi Owolabi and 30 others.
According to The Punch, the policemen who are attached to the anti-robbery section of the state department of criminal investigation, Yaba had embarked on an illegal raid near a night club in the FESTAC area of the state and detained Owolabi and about 30 other Lagosians.
Moving against the raid, the inspector-general of police Solomon Arase reportedly gave the state police commissioner Fatai Owoseni 48 hours to fish out the culprits.
“I can confirm to you that the policemen have been detained over the incident and investigations are ongoing,” the CP confirmed to Punch that the policemen had been arrested.
The CP however said the journalist’s name is not on the list of those arrested.
“I have asked the OC of D9 to identify the operatives who went to FESTAC Town on that raid. I also met with the team leader of the raid yesterday (Monday) who explained his own part.
“He showed me the list of people raided at FESTAC. I do not know whether the journalist gave another name, but there was no Owolabi on that list.
“The DC, SDCI, had called the journalist to assist the police with investigation, and to ask him to identify the policemen involved. The public can be assured that the command will not tolerate human rights abuses.”
But Owolabi denied the claim by the police boss. He claimed that the number of officers who took part in the illegal raid were more than 10 and identified one of them as Isiaka.
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