By Esther Onyegbula & Onyedi Ofulue
Residents of Millennium Citi Centre Estate, Gbagada, Lagos, have called on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to come to their aid and stop operatives of his X-Squad from harassing them.
They made the call yesterday, during a peaceful protest over “invasion, indiscriminate arrest and harassment of members of the estate by the Police engaged by land-grabbers.”
Led by the estate’s Chairman, Soji Adeniji, the protesters appealed to the Police boss to expedite action on the release of an employee of the private security outfit employed by the estate, Mr. William Iyke, and a barber, Mr. Julius Babasola, who were arrested by the Police X-Squad and had been in detention for two weeks.
They regretted that without due investigation, the two men were paraded like common criminals by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, on September 21 in Abuja.
The estate chairman explained that the men were arrested after officials of IGP X-Squad overran the security details of the estate’s gate, while acting on a petition written by a family alleging that certain plots of land in the estate belong to the Inspector General of Police.
The residents, in the petition, alleged that members of the said family had, several times in the recent past, invaded the estate with armed men, forcibly taking over undeveloped properties, despite pending legal actions filed by residents of the estate against the family in the High Court of Lagos State.