The Nigeria police power has reacted to a report about 24-year-outdated photojournalst, Tunde Badmus who was arrested by policemen hooked up to the Lagos State Anti-Cultism unit .
In accordance to Vanguard, Badmus was arrested whereas consuming noodles, at Pedro Bus Cease, Gbagada on December 30th 2018, for wearing dreadlocks. He was detained and was not allowed to contact his kinfolk or mates.
The Nigeria police in an announcement launched by the spokesperson of the command, Chike Oti, has denied the allegations, saying that Badmus was arrested for conspiring to commit felony and cultism
The eye of the authorities of Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the information making the rounds on the social media and revealed by some sections of the print media to the impact that one Yinka Badmus, a photojournalist, has been arrested and remanded in Ikoyi jail, for allegedly sporting a coiffure, which some policemen felt made him appear like a cultist.
Ordinarily, the Command would not have responded to the information but due to quite a few cellphone calls and enquiries from properly that means Nigerians, it determined to put the difficulty in correct perspective. To begin with, it’s ridiculous to say that the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Lagos State Police Command charged a suspect to court due to his coiffure. Clearly talking, Yinka Badmus and 13 others had been charged to Ogudu Justice of the Peace Court on January 4, 2019, on two-depend fees.
The primary depend is conspiracy i.e for conspiring amongst themselves to commit felony to wit membership of illegal society opposite to and punishable below Part 411, Cap CH, C17, Vol. Three Legal guidelines of Lagos, 2015. The second depend holds them for belonging to an illegal society often called Eiye confraternity opposite to and punishable below Part 42(a), Cap CH, C17 Vol. 3, Legal guidelines of Lagos State 2015.
The suspects had been nevertheless granted bail Within the sum of fifty thousand Naira (N50,000) by a court of competent jurisdiction. Nevertheless, those that might not meet the bail situations had been remanded in jail custody pending after they would meet the stipulated situations for their bail. This is a matter that’s neither throughout the purview of Drive nor its management.
In view of the event, the Command needs to put the matter straight. For the avoidance of doubt, there is no such thing as a part of the Lagos State Legal Legislation and certainly the Legal Code, that criminalises coiffure.
Subsequently, there is no such thing as a approach the mentioned Yinka Badmus might have been charged to court for wearing dreadlocks by the police. Suspects are charged to court primarily based on the prevailing regulation and not for mundane causes.
CSP Chike Oti
Police Public Relations Officer