- A group of Lagos State Building Control Agency officials were reportedly given the beating of their lives on Tuesday, May 26
- The personnel were brutalised by some policemen who were guarding construction workers at a building that was sealed by the agency
- The security agents were said to have held the staff members of LASBCA hostage for asking the building documents that allowed them to re-open the site
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Some officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) at Badore area of Ajah, Lekki, in Lagos have been reportedly beaten and held hostage by policemen.
According to a report by PM News on Tuesday, May 26, the LASBCA personnel were at Olumide Madariola Street, Sea Side Estate, to ensure compliance to the stipulated standard of the agency at ongoing construction.
The security agents who allegedly beat up the officials were said to be attached to a building which was under construction at the site.
One of the LASBCA staff who was brutalised by the policemen informed journalists that it all started when he and his team asked a group of construction workers at a site they had initially sealed to produce documents that authorised them to re-open the place.
The official said that upon their questioning, the policemen showed up, attacked and forced them into the building.
Confirming the development, Biola Kosegbe, the general manager of LASBCA and the commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Idris Salako, decried this act by the policemen.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that with the coronavirus scare mounting across the country, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) had sounded an alarm, warning that with the emergence of the pandemic there was a possibility of an increase in crimes and assaults.
Frank Mba, the force public relation officer, made the projection amid challenges faced by the Nigerian police.
"With the emergence of COVID-19, police projected possible increase in Cybercrime activities, domestic violence & sexual assaults, burglary/housebreaking, counterfeiting of medical equipment associated with the management of COVID-19 amongst other crimes patterns and trends," he said.
He, however, submitted that adequate measures have been put in place to tackle an increase in security loopholes and crimes as Nigeria channels concentrated efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic with the security operatives.
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