#EndSARS Protest: Lekki Residents Donate Patrol Vans To Affected Police Stations
Residents of Lekki have recently acquired and donated brand new patrol vehicles to the Ajah Division of the Nigerian Police Force.
This much was disclosed in a statement by the ‘Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association’.
In the statement titled, ‘LERSA Donates Patrol Van to Police,’ the association explained that the act was aimed at expressing their support to the Force, as well as facilitating them in combating crime and other unlawful activities in the area.
The association recounted events of the just ended #EndSARS protests, which brought with it the destruction and vandalization of police vehicles and other assets which could have been helpful in policing the area.
“The association made the donation on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at the premises of the burnt Ajah divisional headquarters.
“The Ajah division was one of the numerous police stations burnt by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest in Lagos. Police vehicles, as well as other valuables, were destroyed and set ablaze during the attacks,” the statement read.
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The police spokesperson in Lagos state, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had, on Friday, 23 October 2020, announced that “over 17 Police stations have been burnt in Lagos“.
This figure is excluding other losses the Nigeria Police Force counted during the protests that engulfed many parts of the federation.
The loss of key assets, like patrol vehicles, has led to a slow reaction by the Force to areas of unrest.
“However, the police have suffered a lot of damage, therefore, cannot quickly re-enforce officers to such areas of unrest because our vehicles and tools of operations have been destroyed,” Adejobi said in the aftermath of the protests.
The #EndSARS protest was an almost nationwide agitation against police brutality, especially the excesses and extrajudicial killings by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).