The Lagos State Police Command has reacted to claims made by a suspected drug dealer who alleged that men of the Festac police division work in collaboration with armed robbers.
Chidinmma Madukwe, who was recently arrested for selling illicit drugs at Lumac area of Satellite, told Vanguard that she was forced to stop selling following pressure from one man named ”Hefty”, the leader of a criminal gang who she said intimidated her on several occasions.
“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
Reacting to the claim made by the suspect, the command in a statement released by its spokesperson, Segun Hundeyin, said that upon receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, has ordered the immediate identification and arrest of the alleged rogue police officer.
”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