CP Odumosu and the Magodo Private Guards

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By Ibrahim Adejare

I listened to some ladies on TVC’s Your View discuss what transpired between CP Hakeem Odumosu and some private guards at the gate of Magodo Estate in Lagos State.

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To say I was utterly dismayed at what one of them said is an understatement. She said, “even if the President were to be at Magodo entrance, he must call the person was looking for before he would be allowed to go in.

Really? Sadly, these are the set of ignorant TV presenters people, especially our children, listen to on a daily basis. Do these people understand the law or protocol at all? Do they know the position of the law as regards the commissioner of police in any state?

CP Hakeem Odumosu was so patient. Thank God that those unruly private guards were dealing with a very refined and civil police officer. Instead of the CP ordering their arrest, a brutal commissioner of police would have taught them the lessons of their lives.

According to the constitution, a commissioner of police of a state is the head of the security architecture of that state. His position supersedes any individual’s role in maintaining law and order in the state. More so, any private security organisation operates with the approval of the Police. I hope some people know this basic rule.

Come to think of it: if there were breakdown of law and order in the entire Magodo area, are the private guards capable of quelling the crisis or superintending the chaotic situation? Do they even have the expertise, let alone having the needed arms and ammunition? Is it not the same Police they will call on for help?

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police is constitutionally empowered to be at any place and time to maintain law and order, including Magodo Estate. Keeping the Commissioner waiting for good 30 minutes at the gate of the Estate, after identifying himself, is absolute breach of protocol.

Those ignorant individuals blaming the Commissioner for ordering the arrest of those private guards should educate themselves by asking questions, instead of displaying crass ignorance in public and reinforcing the desecration of our Constitution. Nigeria is not a lawless state. We have laws governing us. And those extant laws must be obeyed.

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