Pandemonium erupted on Wednesday on the disbanded Particular Anti Theft Squad (SARS) workplace of the Lagos State Police Command when 30 out of the 250 detainees broke out of their cells and escaped.
This was opposite to claims by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, that the command had transferred all suspects to the detention facility of the State Legal and Investigation and Intelligence Division (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, Thisdaylive.com experiences.
The CP had on Wednesday evening by way of the Police Spokesman, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, issued an announcement that suspects in all tactical squads underneath the command had been transferred to Panti.
However earlier that day, escaped suspects, who have been arrested on grounds of armed theft, kidnapping and homicide, have been stated to have lured the station officer (SO) on obligation to open the overcrowded facility.
The suspects have been screaming on the prime of their voices that they have been at risk, and this lured the SO to open their cell and he was rapidly overpowered by the detainees, who badly manhandled him.
THISDAY gathered that there was insufficient variety of policemen on the squad complicated to nab the escaping suspects as a result of the previous SARS operatives have been on standby, ready for directions regarding their deployment.
With their withdrawal from obligation, few cellular policemen have been deployed to SARS constructing on the command to observe over the detention facility.
Having trooped out of their cells, a few of the detainees invaded completely different places of work and escaped with laptops and even some weapons like machetes recovered as reveals, which they used to assault the few cellular policemen that attempted to cease them.
Although the cellular policemen opened hearth into the air to cease them of their tracks, about 30 of them escaped whereas the others have been efficiently rounded up.
Explaining why the compact SARS facility had such variety of detainees, a police supply blamed it on the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to him, due to the pandemic, the correctional centres in Lagos refused to just accept new inmates over worry of unfold.
The correctional centres have been stated to have insisted that the police take them for COVID-19 check earlier than they are often admitted into the detention facility of the centre.
Provided that the price of the COVID-19 check can be borne by the command, the police opted to get a remand order and detain the suspects in SARS cell.
However debunking the allegation that the suspects escaped, the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, SP Muyiwa Adejobi stated the knowledge was mischievous and false.
He stated: “The eye of the Lagos State Command has been drawn to a hearsay making waves on the social media that some suspects of the disbanded SARS escaped from the cell on the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos State on Wednesday.
“The command perceives such hearsay as unfounded, mischievous and baseless. It’s an try to trigger worry and panic within the minds of Lagosians, and distracting the command.
“According to the directive of the IG, SCIID, has taken over the disbanded SARS and different tactical models’ buildings in Ikeja and different satellite tv for pc places of work throughout the state, together with the suspects.
“It’s pertinent to state that a few of the suspects, who’ve been convicted, have undergone COVID-19 check which is a prerequisite to accepting them into correctional centres; however the command awaits their outcomes earlier than additional actions.
“The suspects in all of the circumstances dealt with by the disbanded SARS are intact. The DCP Yetunde Longe, has briefly relocated to the disbanded SARS constructing at Ikeja for thorough supervision and accountability of the taking up course of.
“The command due to this fact urges most people to treat the information as a hearsay, baseless and mischievous to swimsuit the intention of the originator(s) because the command is dedicated to reforming the policing system and offering satisfactory safety for all within the state.”
Culled from THISDAY