The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. MD Abubakar, today ordered an immediate takeover of the case of the alleged torture of some market women in Ejigbo, Lagos by federal detectives.
A statement by police spokesman Frank Mba said all suspects and all exhibits related to the matter are to be taken over from the Lagos State Police Command by a crack team of detectives from the Federal SARS, (Lagos Annex), Force Criminal Investigation Department.
The move, the statement said, is geared towards ensuring the speedy delivery of justice, promoting the rule of law, discouraging impunity and defending the fundamental human rights of Nigerians, particularly the alleged victims of the crime.
“The IGP wishes to assure all Nigerians especially the family of the victims and other relevant stakeholders that the Police will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice is done in the Ejigbo case,” Mr. Mba said.
“He calls on all Nigerians to continually partner with the Nigeria Police particularly in the area of providing relevant information, promising to protect the confidentiality of all informants and whistle blowers at all times.”
The Inspector-General also commended the media, members of the human rights community led by Joe Okei-Odumakin of Women Arise for Change and all members of the public “whose patriotism, advocacy and concern led to the exposure of this atrocious crime.”
He said their constructive partnership with the Police has had a salutary effect on the ongoing investigation so far.
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