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LAGOS: Safety corps suspends erring officers over #EndSARS assault

THE management of the State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA) has suspended two of its officers involved in unruly behaviour and acts of misconduct towards one Adedotun Clement (an Uber driver) during the #EndSARS protest held at the Lekki toll gate on Wednesday, October 20.

The General Manager of the agency, Prince Ifalade Oyekan, who disclosed this today at the Command Headquarters of the Corps at Safety Arena, Bolade Oshodi, said the behaviour of the two officers in the viral video on social media was inappropriate and unbecoming of any member of the corps.

He explained that the two officers and their supervisor have faced a disciplinary committee for assaulting a member of the public, noting that their unsanctioned conduct is capable of breaching public peace contrary to the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps handbook, particularly sections (ii), (iii), (iv) and (x), which covers the conduct with the general public.

Oyekan declared that the committee found the two officers guilty of the charge of misconduct and they were immediately suspended from the Agency while further investigations are ongoing to determine other appropriate disciplinary action against them in order to serve as a deterrent to others.

While reiterating the readiness of the Corps to ensure the safety of lives and property, he appealed to all its officers to imbibe the highest level of professionalism while carrying out their official duties of ensuring the safety of lives and property of residents working, living and doing businesses in the State. 

The general manager, however, apologised to the victim, stressing that the state government places a high premium on its relationship with all residents, who are the agency’s partners in achieving its mandate and assured that the ugly incident would not repeat itself.

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