Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) has explained why it has written a letter to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Usman Alkali Baba.
LERSA, the umbrella association of residents of the Lekki and Eti Osa communities, responded to media reports linking the association’s stance on mandatory mental evaluation of police officers to the #EndSARS protest.
In a statement, LERSA President Olorogun James Emadoye recalled that the association wrote the letter to the Inspector General of Police following the recent extrajudicial killings of its members, Bolanle Raheem and Gafaru Buraimoh, by officers of the Nigerian police.
However, the LERSA president clarified that while reference was made to one of the recommendations of the #EndSARS protest, which is in line with the association’s position on the need for mental evaluation of police officers, LERSA did not intend to promote the protest as suggested by some of the media.
“The attention of the Executive Council of Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) has been drawn to several newspaper publications regarding the above letter forwarded to the Inspector General of Police and the Executive Governor of Lagos State. Some headlines of the publication linked directly to ‘ENDSARS PROTEST’ and therefore gave an incorrect slant to our point of view,” he is said to have said in the statement.
“Some headlines may have misrepresented the letter with the #ENDSARS headlines. Although Mr. Governor is considered the Chief Security Officer of the state, he does not have the constitutional powers to carry out most of our recommendations that the fatal shootings by the two police officers of the Ajiwe Police Division of our resident, Ms. Omobolanle Raheem , could have been prevented. , on Christmas Day in Ajah; and another resident, Mr. Gafaru Buraimoh, on December 6, 2022, in the Sangotedo area of Lekki.
“The contents of our letter are addressed to the Inspector General of Police and the Police Commission, who are the custodians of the statutory institutions responsible for the management and control of the Nigeria Police Force.”
He reiterated the Association’s respect for the established authority of Lagos State under Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and implored him to use his influence along with the Inspector General to devise a lasting solution to police brutality .
“It is therefore intended to implore Mr. Governor as Father of the State to facilitate a lasting solution to the challenge through the Inspector General of Police and the President/Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces in accordance with Nigerian constitution. ‘ added Emadoye
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