In a viral video online, some angry youths were seen assaulting the policemen and shouting ‘Ole! Ole!’ – thieves – on them.
One of the youths was seen attempting to hit a plank on the head of one of the police officers.
It was gathered that the incident happened on Friday morning when the Lagos task force when to search for piracy and substandard goods in the market.
One of the youths was heard complaining about frequent raids by the task force, alleging that the policemen seized traders’ wares, including phones and other accessories.
Reacting, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, instituted an investigation into the violent attacks and theft allegation against the policemen captured in the viral video.
The Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Olumiuyiwa Adejobi, made this known in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement read, “The Command wishes to state categorically that the authors of the referred viral video painted the incident mischievously in a bad light with an attempt to ridicule the entire Nigeria Police Force as the policemen never went to buy phones, neither were they caught in any act of theft in the computer village.
“The HP Electronics Company’s Taskforce on piracy, in company of some police operatives, were at the shop located at No 30, Awolowo Road, Opposite Glass House, Ikeja, Lagos, on a routine operation against piracy and sub-standard products in the market when some hoodlums suddenly became violent and attacked the team.
“They went ahead by creating a scene, calling them thieves and passing uncomplimentary comments on the policemen in order to distract and halt the anti-piracy operation.
“The team was chased away by the hoodlums and did not allow the operation to succeed due to their criminal tendencies.
“Without mincing words, the Lagos State Police command wishes to clear the air and disabuse the minds of the general public that the policemen captured in the video are not thieves but operatives on official and legal operation at the computer village contrary to the wrong impression painted by the originators of the fake video on the social media.
“Premised on this, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department to investigate the theft allegation and attacks on the policemen and team which would be the third of its kind in recent time in the same computer village; noting that the command will not tolerate any act of criminality and lawlessness in any part of the state.
“While commending the act of professionalism and maturity of the policemen and team to avert chaos in the area, CP Hakeem Odumosu warns the general public to desist from launching attacks on the police and other security agents, either on official duty or off duty, and peddling fake news as such would be a dent on our national integrity and honour which we all guide jealously.”