The Lagos State Police Command has responded to allegations made by a suspected drug dealer that Festac police officers operate in tandem with armed robbers.
Chidinmma Madukwe, who was recently detained for selling illegal narcotics in the Lumac neighbourhood of Satellite, told Vanguard that she was forced to cease selling after being frightened on many times by a man dubbed “Hefty,” the leader of a criminal group.
“I once reported how he had been intimidating me, to a policeman at Area ‘E’ , Festac Town. But to my surprise, the policeman told Hefty that I wanted to burst his gang. Hefty and his boys came to my house, beat me up, and left me with injuries on my face. This, (pointing to a scar on her left ear) was what he did to me. Since then, he has been coming to my house. Each time he came with his boys, they would beat me and my younger brother, and collect our valuables including phones. No one would come to our help even when we raised the alarm. Most times, he would rape me, without using condom. I had to move out of the house when I could not pay the rent, as I was forced to stop selling hard drugs due to the incessant seizure of my goods by the Crack Squad. I had to go into prostitution to make ends meet.” the Anambra State born.''Madueke said
In response to the suspect’s accusation, the command stated in a statement published by its spokeswoman, Segun Hundeyin, that the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, has ordered the quick identification and arrest of the accused rogue police officer after receiving the information.
''The CP has vowed that any police officer found undermining the tireless efforts of the Command to rid Lagos State of crime and criminality would be appropriately sanctioned. Meanwhile, CP Alabi has assured Lagos residents that their safety and security remains paramount to the Command and as such, no stone will be left unturned to ensure same. Further developments will be made available to the public as they unfold.''the statement read in part