Lagos Police PRO Benjamin Hundeyin backs officers drinking on duty, says 'Police work is not slavey'

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A Lagos Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Benjamin Hundeyin, has backed his colleagues who drink on duty, saying, "police work is not slavery."

Hundeyin asked why answering queries from a Punch reporter about some policemen caught on camera drinking while on duty.

Benjamin Hundeyin
Benjamin Hundeyin

Hundeyin said, "they have not misbehaved, they have not assaulted anybody, they have not extorted (money from) anybody, they are just drinking. Anybody can drink. Police work is not slavery, anybody can drink."

"They were just drinking and they were drunk and that's what makes it unprofessional, they were in uniforms but if they took the same amount of alcohol while they are off duty, while in mufti, it has not constitute an offence; they have not committed an offence."

He added, "even the policemen that were caught taking alcohol, they were not behaving erratically, they were not misbehaving. Yes, there was a tendency that they could misbehave because they were drunk but at the point when your colleague, Dayo Oyewo, took their pictures, they were not misbehaving."

Since Christmas day, when a Lagos officer, ASP Drambi Vandi, shot and killed a Lagos-based lawyer, Bolanle Raheem, the nation had accused officers of being intoxicated while waving guns at citizens.

In one of the reports, a Punch reporter visited the Ajiwe police division in Lagos State and found many officers drinking alcohol near and outside the station.

Hundeyin's response has further buttressed the accusations and allegation that the police authorities have turned a blind eye to the illness in the police force.

While some advocated for increased salary and change of uniform, others demanded that proper training and mental health evaluation be part of the recruitment process.

The Standard Gazette questions to Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, have been acknowledged but have yet to respond.

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