Residents of Aderibigbe and Mbanugo streets, Ikate, Surulere, Lagos have accused a senior police officer, Lawrence Adedigba, of rascality and threat to life.
The residents alleged that apart from using his position as a police officer to intimidate them, the policeman also sells vehicles illegally on the street, thereby attracting criminals in the area.
In a letter by the General Secretary, Aderibigbe/Mbanugo Resident Association, Yinka Adebayo, and addressed to the Divisional Police Officer, Aguda Station, the residents appealed to the police authorities to look into the matter.
It read in part, “There are reports in recent times of trouble caused by a resident at 47 Aderibigbe Street, Ikate, identified as a police officer in collaboration with his wife. After thorough investigation, we discovered his vehicles were using fake number plates which were alternated with abandoned ones he kept on the street.
“Our security men and residents have often complained that he poses a security risk. It is absolutely unacceptable for a police officer to abuse his position by intimidating fellow residents. We therefore appeal to your exalted office of authority for swift intervention.”
Adebayo said the policeman had also refused to pay security levy and was fond of threatening residents and had used policemen to intimidate them.
The policeman’s landlord, Taiwo Igbalajobi, described the policeman as an unpleasant tenant, adding that he had reported Adedigba to the police authorities countless times, but nothing had been done.
The landlord’s wife, Bose, told PUNCH Metro that Adedigba had beaten her up many times.
She said she made the discovery about Adedigba’s illegal activities and when she reported the matter at the Aguda Police Division, the matter was transferred to the Area C Command and the X Squad at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
In a petition written against Adedigba and addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Bose said the policeman, who is attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, had threatened to kill her on several occasions.
The petition read in part, “The genesis of the threat started in February 2013 when I discovered that ASP Lawrence Adedigba usually brings motorcycles, generators and televisions into the compound at midnight which I later discovered to be property seized from people.
“After I reported the matter at the Aguda Police Station, my life has been under threat as the policeman has threatened to kill me.”
Bose said last week, the policeman beat her up and tore her clothes in public.
“Once anyone challenges him, he locks them up at police stations or threatens to kill them. Just recently, he detained a youth at the Itire Police Station because the boys pushed his car which was obstructing a garbage truck from passing,” she said.
A 71-year-old tenant, Ademola Ajayi, said Adedigba had been bullying all residents and had threatened to evict him.
However, when contacted on the telephone, Adedigba denied the allegations leveled against him and his wife, calling Bose a trouble maker in the area.
Adedigba said all the accusations levelled against him were false.
He said, “That woman (Bose) has been nothing but trouble in the neighbourhood. She is just out to taint my image. She has reported me several times to the police authorities. Nothing was ever done because investigations proved that I was innocent.
“How can I beat a woman? It is because of the lies that she told against me that was why the CDA wrote a petition against me. I am a responsible and law-abiding citizen.”