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Brooks Estate: CP Odumosu’s action is illegal, reprehensible says Inibehe Effiong

A human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong has faulted the action of Mr Odumosu, the outgoing Lagos police commissioner over the arrest of persons and security guards at Brook Estate.


A human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong has faulted the action of Mr Odumosu, the outgoing Lagos police commissioner over the arrest of persons and security guards at Brook Estate.

Mr Effiong disclosed this on his Facebook page on Monday.

He said “The argument that the outgoing CP of Lagos State, AIG Odumosu, can enter any place without being questioned is legally unfounded. Since his visit to Magodo Brooks Estate was private, it was perfectly within the right of the private guards at the estate to have subjected him to the usual clearance protocol of the estate.”

“Even if his visit was official, it was necessary for him to identify himself and state his purpose. No reasonable person will believe the statement by the police public relations officer (PPRO). The CP could not have been denied access into the estate by the guards for the fun of it.”

“It is true that the police have the right to enter any place in a State to carry-out search, effect arrest, or discharge such other official functions.”

The human rights lawyer stated that however, this power is not limitless, it is subject to certain procedures. Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution guarantees citizens the right to privacy, including the privacy of their homes.

“For the police to search the home of a citizen, a search warrant must be produced and the officers seeking to carry out the search must first subject themselves to be searched to forestall planting of incriminating items by the officers.”, Mr Effiong added.

He faulted the commissioner of police for claiming that he was at the estate for a strategic security-related meeting.

“Magodo Brooks Estate to the best of my knowledge is a strictly residential estate. It is not a place where government business is carried out. For the CP to arrest security guards because they simply asked him to call the particular resident of the estate whose private party or event he came to attend is nothing but a gross abuse of power.”

Mr Effiong added that it is immaterial that the CP moved around with his security team. “Any nonentity with money in this country can hire dozens of policemen, and even military officers, to move around with him.”

“Had there been proper communication prior to the CP’s visit, he would have been cleared immediately he arrived. It is preposterous for Mr. Odumosu to expect the guards to panic and open the access gate upon sighting his convoy. That will amount to the dereliction of their duty.”

“If we are going to change this country, we must stop venerating public officers as demi-gods. In Nigeria, we have become accustomed to arbitrariness and abuse of power by public officials. This action by Odumosu is illegal and reprehensible. Odumosu owes every person that he arrested an apology.”, Mr Effiong said.

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