By Jumu’ah Abiodun
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has cleared the air on alleged police bias in the recent sectional crisis which occured in Mile 12 area of the state.
There were reports that policemen of Hausa origin who were posted to quell the crisis gave undue protection to their Hausa brethren at the expense of the Yoruba.
But Owoseni speaking in Lagos, debunked the false story during parade of suspects in Lagos on Monday, 7th Mrach, 2016, saying, “the major function of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is to protect Nigerians and not a particular tribe”.
He stated that his men have nothing to do with tribalism that the priority of NPF is to protect lives and properties of the generality of Nigerians and also to bring peace and unity to all tribes in the country.
According to the CP, “the Area Commander of the Area Command where the incident took place is from Niger state, the Commanding Officer of Army that came restore peace in the area is an Igbo man while he, (the CP) is a Yoruba man.
Meanwhile over 175 suspects have been arrested by the police over their roles in the crisis which claimed over 10 lives..
Owoseni explained further that no genuine northerner is involved in the incident.
“Healing process is ongoing between the leaders and the Governor (Ambode).
“Mile 12 is calm now and over 175 suspects who are in connection one way or the other with the crisis have been arrested.
“Police didn’t support any group, I was there in person even so called Yorubas were throwing bottles with petrol at me. Police don’t work base on ethnicity, we don’t support tribalism,” the Lagos Police Commissioner said.
Owoseni then enjoined Nigerians to stop playing politics with lives of the people as Lagos remain safe haven for business, noting that, “Lagos remain safe haven for home and foreign investors to do their business”.