Magodo Security firm apologises to Lagos CP after standoff at estate

Chairman of AV Securitas LTD, Mayowa Onafowokan, has tendered an unreserved apology to the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State and Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, over the unprofessional conduct by its guards on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

Onafowokan said the incident was not deliberate but ‘an unintended event that occurred out of the naivety of the guards on duty at the time of your visit to the estate.’

The letter reads; “On behalf of myself and the Management team, I write to you with a heart full of remorse that I sincerely apologize for for-the-unprofessional conduct of guards deployed from my company-AV Securitas Ltd to your highly esteemed person during your visit to Magodo Brooks Estate on the 1st of January, 2022.

“Please be informed that the incident was not a deliberate occurrence but an unintended event that occurred out of the naivety of the guards on duty at the time of your visit to the estate.

“In this regard, we tender our unreserved apology to you and your esteemed office.

“May I also inform you that my management team and I, are full of admiration for the successes in crime reduction recorded during your tenure as Commissioner of Police, Lagos State

“As a company, we are also not oblivious of your hard work and sacrifices over the years as an esteemed professional colleague towards the protection of lives and property in the course of your career that have earned for you, several distinguished accolades.

A high brow estate in Lagos, Magodo on Tuesday witnessed unease following a Supreme Court judgment on the ownership of some of the lands on which the estate was built. Many believed he was trying to avoid a breakdown of law and order as the parties awaited the resolution of the matter.

In a viral online video, the governor was seen at the estate trying to mediate in the faceoff between the estate residents and the policemen, said to have been deployed from Force Headquarters in Abuja. The policemen in company with suspected land grabbers and members of a family had besieged the estate for days in a bid to demolish some properties in the execution of a Supreme Court judgement.

Amid the ensuing hullabaloo and the rising tension occasioned by the action of the police, the residents had called on the governor to intervene, which he did by visiting the suburb to see things for himself. Having seen the tension firsthand, he directed the policemen to withdraw, given that it was a case between private individuals and the state government.

In a video, the governor was heard telling the officers at the estate, “Can you call your superiors in Abuja and tell them that the governor is here and as the chief security officer, you don’t have any business being in my state right now and that I want you to disengage right now?”

The CSP was also heard replying, “I am here on the instruction of the Inspector General of Police through the AGF. I am too small or too low to call them. Your Excellency, Sir, you can call them, Sir.”

 

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