Lagos CP orders room trial of policeman who brutalised Punch reporter

Hakeem Odumosu

Lagos State Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the immediate detention and orderly room trial of Inspector Innocent Adadu who attacked a Punch photojournalist Kayode Jaiyeola during the #RevolutionNow protest in Maryland, Lagos.

Chief press secretary to the governor Gboyega Akosile made this known in a statement posted on Twitter.

Mr Adadu who is attached to PMF 22 Ikeja hit Mr Jaiyeola with a stick on Thursday.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for immediate detention & orderly room trial of one Inspector Adadu Innocent attached to PMF 22 Ikeja, for hitting with a stick and injuring one Kayode Jaiyeola, of @MobilePunch at Maryland,” the statement read.

“The police chief, who was monitoring the deployment and operational activities of officers and men of the command for the enforcement of the order against unlawful gathering and protest by some unpatriotic individuals raced to the scene and personally moved the injured journalist to the Police Cottage (hospital) at Area F, GRA, Ikeja, where he personally waited and ensured the injured journalist was given immediate and best medical treatment.

“He cut-off his movements to stay throughout the journalist’s treatment and subsequent discharge.

“The preliminary findings carried out by the Commissioner of Police and eye witness accounts from senior officers on ground, revealed that the cop suddenly attacked the journalist, without any previous altercation or confrontation.

“This propelled the Commissioner of Police to order for his trial in order to serve as deterrent to others who are fond of engaging in unprofessional and unethical conducts.

“CP Hakeem Odumosu urged the general public to believe in the command’s commitment to sanitizing  and reforming the policing  system in Lagos State in conformity with the international standards.”