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Condemning the act of CP Odumosu

Stanley Alieke
Condemning the act of CP Odumosu
Stanley Alieke
Condemning the act of CP Odumosu.
The narrative that the outgoing commissioner of police of Lagos state who was just elevated to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Mr. Hakeem Odumosu can enter any place at will with unhindered access, be it privately owned or publicly owned property is fallacious, illogical and unfounded by any legal standpoint.
Mr. Odumosu despite the fact of being a high ranking police officer is still a police officer, hence a public servant and when a police officer is operating or going about officially to carry out his official duty as provided by the police act and other enabling statutes, he must first identify himself and the law is to the effect that when a police officer is to enter a place even if for the discharge of his official duty like search or arrest he must first be subjected himself to he searched by the owners of the place he’s to enter so not to plant incriminating objects in the place.
Therefore, even if Mr. Odomusu with is security details are entering the Magodo estate to carry out official duties which he claimed (he claimed that he’s attending a strategic meeting in the estate), the security guards of the estate are still within their power and duty to ask the police officers to identify themselves and confirm with them the particular house in estate they are visiting.This security check carried out is estate entrance where visitors are to call their hosts from the gate to confirm with the security guards before the guards can grant them access into the estate are for security reasons and so the security guards can give the visitors the proper direction to where they are heading to so the visitors don’t end up loitering around the estate searching for their way.
Be it as it may, according to the reports obtained from the estate authorities and residents, the AIG was visiting the estate to attend a social event  hosted by a friend and not for official reasons. Therefore, the act of the commissioner of police ordering the arrest and detention of all the estate security guards for not granting him uninterrupted access into the estate is abuse of power as a police man and abuse of office as the commissioner of police of the state.
The police officer and the police service commission owes an unreserved apology to the residents of the estate and compensation to the security guards as the security guards are only carrying out their duties and are clearly within their bounds. The commissioner only felt embarrassed because his high-horsed ego was bruised by the estate securities by conducting stop and search on him hence he decided to use his power to punish the guards.
For the sake of emphasis, according s.37 of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), citizens have right of privacy to their homes, premises, properties and the reasoning or thought that any individual be it a police officer acting in official capacity or personal capacity can have an uninterrupted access to peoples homes is not just fallacious but logically unsound and undoubtedly an argument from an irremediably half-baked rookie student of the law.
For a police officer to enter a home without being hindered, he must first obtain a search warrant to enter and search the home or estate and any act of any individual to interrupt the officer entering the home or premises will be tantamount to obstruction of the cause of justice which the law frowns against….but the Cp was not conducting a search neither was he in possession of a warrant in lieu of the estate, hence he is to be treated like every other private citizen and be subjected to the estate security protocol that every other visitor is to be subjected to.
The constant abuse of power by the high class public servants and public figures should always be called out and the act of the outgoing commissioner of police of Lagos state in the eve of the new year is a no no and should be highly be condemned by all and sundry and the senior police officer should be duly cautioned by his superiors and the police service commission.
Stan Alieke Esq.
Lead Attorney,
Stanley Alieke & Co.


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