Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, on Tuesday warned Area Commanders andD ivisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the state
police command to shun bribery or leave the
Owoseni stated this during a lecture on Code of
Conduct for Law Enforcement Officers at the
Police Officers’ Wives’ Association (POWA) Hall,
He warned that the era of impunity and corruption
among cops was gone, appealing to his
subordinates to come for transfer if they would
not want to play by the rules in the state.
He said: “I am tired of hearing about shooting or
killing of innocent persons. No one has the right to
take another man’s life. It is only God that has the
right to take life.
“It is your responsibility as a DPO to know those
who are collecting bribe under you. If you refuse
to stop them, they will stop you from being a
“It is embarrassing to see policemen collecting
bribes and chasing yahoo yahoo boys for a DPO. I
would not cover any DPO. I will expose you. Just
leave Lagos before I get to your station. I cannot
share out of your misconduct. I will give your
photographs and details to journalists to expose
“I am shocked to hear that some Area
Commanders and DPOs are on the pay rolls of
fraudsters. I am investigating. Just pray that I
don’t get you. Just know that you are causing
pains for taxpayers if you are intimidating them
and collecting bribe from criminals.
“It is a curse to build a house with the money. The
building would collapse on your head. Some of
you even take people to the bank to collect
money. If you train your children with the money,
they won’t be useful to you.
“If those who were in the force before us
bastardized it, we would not have the opportunity
to be enlisted in the police. I am tired of pleading
with police victims because you are doing what
you are not supposed to do. Remember, one day,
you are going to die and give account to your
“Go back to your areas of jurisdiction and warn
your men against brutality, indiscriminate use of
handcuffs on pregnant women, elders and
persons with disability.
“Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) should take
note. I will not tolerate any act of indiscipline.
“Learn a lesson from DPO Ijeshatedo, who shot
dead a fashion designer. He is in our custody and
we are compiling charges against him. He would
soon be arraigned in court.
“All DPOs in Ikorodu should use all resources
within their disposals to fish out Badoo cult group
that has been causing havoc in the community. I am giving you all 48 hours to decongest your
cells. Nobody should be detained more than 48
hours. I will
conduct checks on the cells.”