LASU cult war: Lagos CP reads riot act to students
BY EVELYN USMAN & UJU MBANUSI
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Manko, Monday, warned students of tertiary institutions in the state to abstain from cultism, threatening that the command would not tolerate any unrest caused by cult members.
This was just as he disclosed that the enforcement of the restriction on motorcycles as stipulated in the new Lagos State Traffic Law, was still witnessing hiccup, mainly from uniform men comprising both the Police and Military.
He advised students of the Lagos State University Ojo, where three persons have so far been reportedly killed in a cult war, to go about their legal activities, assuring them of police protection.
The CP who gave the warning while briefing newsmen on the command’s arrest of three members of a robbery gang who attempted to rob a bank in Ajao estate and another gang which he said specialises in snatching vehicles from different parts of the country, restated the command’s resolve to face cultism.
Investigation into the killings at LASU according to him, was still ongoing.
Part of the investigation, he said, included verifying how the late Damino Damoche’s phone was allegedly found.
He explained that one of the security men in LASU, took the phone to the Police, on the ground that it was brought by a woman who said her son found it somewhere around the school premises.
On the enforcement of restriction on motorcycle, Manko said, “After our security meeting last Wednesday, I did say the problem we were having was the non compliance by Police, Military and other people in uniform.
“And I said that this law has no exception. Everybody must comply. If you want to ride a motorcycle and you think you can take advantage of being in police uniform and you go to where the law says you should not go , it is illegal and we are going to treat our colleagues in uniform just like we have been treating other citizens.
“The law did not say people in uniform; be it Army, Navy, Police or any of the uniform service should ride okada on restricted routes”.
“We still want to warn our men to comply with this law. Since we are law enforcement agents we should not be the group to flout the law.
“Policemen who decide to go against this law, I have warned and I am still warning that they will find themselves to blame”, Manko stated
According to him, since the restriction, record of robbery operation with motorcycles had reduced drastically.
He also, urged Lagosians to go about their legal businesses without fear of Boko Haram.
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