- Folajimi Lai-Mohammed, a member of the Lagos state House of Assembly, was recently harassed by men of the Nigeria Police Force
- Folajimi is the son of Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's current minister of information and culture
- The security operatives reportedly harassed Folajimi and almost forcefully took him out of an event in Lagos
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A report by The Nation has detailed how Folajimi Lai-Mohammed, a member of the Lagos state House of Assembly, was recently harassed by men of the Nigeria Police Force.
Folajimi is the son of Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's current minister of information and culture.
According to the report, the lawmaker was rough-handled by overzealous policemen attached to the Lagos state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu.
The incident was said to have occurred at the presentation of staff of office to Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun II, the 15th Oniru of Iruland, in Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos state.
The new monarch is a former commissioner in the Lagos state government.
Folajimi wasn’t recognised by police officers who were carrying out the directives of Lagos CP, in enforcing the social distance rule.
The security operatives reportedly harassed Folajimi and almost forcefully took him out of the venue.
But for the intervention of some top government officials, things could have gotten out of control.
The legislator felt embarrassed and was moody all through the ceremony.
He was reportedly more furious that the CP, who also attended the ceremony and was in the know of what happened, didn’t apologise for what his men did to him.
The incident exposes the crass illiteracy among Nigeria police officers who most times, act without any sense of decency.
At the moment, police harassment and extra-judicial killings is one of the critical socio-political problems in Nigeria.
The police are state officials charged with responsibility for law enforcement and order maintenance in society, but in Nigeria, the reverse is the case.
The police in Nigeria is generally viewed as a repressive than a service organisation.
At the peak of the coronavirus lockdown, the Nigeria police killed more citizens than the virus itself.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) revealed that Nigeria’s security agencies killed 18 citizens since the lockdown was enforced.
NHRC executive secretary, Tony Ojukwu, said the majority of the victims were killed during attempts to enforce the coronavirus lockdown and similar regulations.
He further said the lockdown witnessed various human rights abuses mostly by policemen.
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