Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Brutalisation: Police Hand Over Irate Cadets To NAF

The Police in Lagos have handed over cadets Peters Solomon and Abdullahi Fahad, who were intercepted by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, last Wednesday, while manhandling an artisan, Dahiru Lawal in Ketu area of the state, to authorities of the Nigerian Air Force.

The cadets were alleged to have beaten Lawal to a pulp, for breaking their car windscreen, and locked him up in the trunk of their Chrysler Stratus car when the governor’s convoy showed up.

Consequently, the  governor, who was returning from an inspection visit ordered that they (cadets) be handed over to the Police for further investigation and prosecution.

cadetCadets Solomon and Fahad reportedly spent four days in police custody before they were handed over to authorities of the Nigerian Air Force at the Logistics Command, Ikeja, weekend.

Police sources hinted that while the cadets were in their custody, they claimed to be personnel of the Logistics command.

“We had to contact the command to ascertain if the claim was true. Thereafter, preparation towards their hand over was made. They have been handed over as constitutionally expected”, police sources told Vanguard yesterday.

Also, sources at the Logistics command hinted that the next line of action will be an in-house investigation. Thereafter, a court Marshal would be instituted to try them.

Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Air Vice Marshal Muhammed Muhammed, had earlier described the suspects conducts as contrary to the ethics of the NAF.

He said: “The leadership of the Nigerian Air Force will like to make it absolutely clear that the Service does not condone this kind of behaviour. We clearly understand our responsibilities to the public”, he said, adding that appropriate judicial process would be conducted as soon as the personnel were handed over to them.