Following what is termed pre-mature apology, executives of Magodo Brooks Residential Association (MABRA) have resigned.
According to them, the chairman of the board acted on his own grounds without carrying members of the executive along.
In a leaked WhatsApp conversation and seen by Freelanews, members believed the said chairman, Engr. Ayoola Lawson, is putting his own personal interests ahead of the majority.
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Freelanews recalls how the Lagos Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, allegedly shut down the estate and arrested a widow and her children for trying to intervene in the altercation between him and the estate security operatives.
However, the command spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, denounced news on social media, alleging that the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, locked down Brooks Estate, Magodo, Isheri during his visit to the estate as fake news.
Ajisebutu claimed that the purveyors of the news are those whose intention is to make a mountain out of a molehill and are out to blackmail the Commissioner for personal reasons.
Narrating what transpired, Ajisebutu, said the CP visited the estate on Saturday, January 1, to meet a strategic partner at a function after going around, visiting some places in the state to ensure the safety of Lagosians.
He also stressed that the CP was accompanied by his security details and was driven in his official car bearing an official number plate and a pennant, including all the paraphernalia of office.
He said: “On reaching the estate gate, he was properly introduced, notwithstanding the visible security details in uniform including a dispatch rider in his convoy, yet he was prevented from entering the estate by some overzealous private security guards.
“All appeals to the security men to allow the CP go to see someone at a function where an urgent matter bordering on security was to be discussed, fell on deaf ears even when they had foreknowledge of his coming.
“In spite of this deliberate humiliation, the senior police officer remained calm. When it became obvious that the security men were going overboard, the CP after about 30 minutes of humiliation, ordered the arrest of four of the security men, leaving one.
“However, not to make the estate porous, the Commissioner immediately posted well-armed policemen at the gate to support the security man left behind.
“A few minutes later, a female resident of the estate, identified as Adebola Fatiregun, who didn’t witness the incident, but heard of it, stormed the gate in anger, inciting other residents against the Commissioner and his aides.
“She was also arrested for inciting violence and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.”
Ajisebutu confirmed that those arrested were taken to the Isheri Police Division where they made statements and were subsequently released a few minutes later, following the intervention of notable individuals.
Contrary to these claims, the residents’ association, MABRA, insisted the security guards arrested were trying to help Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos commissioner of police, with directions within the estate.
They said a widow who was passing by with her three children was arrested with her three children and detained.
On Saturday, the police commissioner, who was attending a social event at the estate, ordered the arrest of four security guards for their “refusal to allow” him into Brooks Estate situated in Magodo.
He, subsequently, ordered the arrest of one Adebola Fatiregun, a female resident and her three children, for intervening in the matter.