At least, 20 officers from Lagos State Government sanitation agency, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), may have to sacrifice their jobs should the department find them guilty on allegation of their involvement in a street combat in which a video on social showed showed the officers to be fighting members of the public with machetes and other weapons, last week.
The development, however, was coming barely a week after the incident occurred in Ilasamaja axis of the state and the agency promised to take action against the alleged displayed of the officers identified to be members of LAGESC.
The Guild, through a leaked queries separately issued by the agency over the weekend to entire officers involved, learnt that the state government was not happy with the action of the men from the department, who were said to had been warned against their misconducts in public.
It would be recalled that LAGESC had identified and listed the 20 men involved in the street as Babatunde Segun, Bature Muhammed, Supt. GL: 07., Whosu Clement, GL: 05. Shofolahun Ibrahim, GL: 05. Adeyanju Ibrahim, GL: 05.
It also listed Qudus Alao, GL: 05, Ojo Tosin, GL: 05, Sulaimon Kazeem, GL: 05, Adeleke Omikunle, GL: 05. Olowoporoku Salawu, Koleosho Ayinla, GL: 07, Seun Ige, GL 05, Yusuf Tunde, GL: 05, Dibia Vincent, GL: 05, Lawal Fatai, GL: 05, Musibau Adebayo, GL: 05,Odunlami Samuel, GL: 05 (Injured)., Shokoya Adegbuyi, GL: 05, Obagbenro Yinka, GL: 05, among the officers to be tried after the action.
Meanwhile, in a video circulating across social media, the officers were sighted attacking residents in Ilasamaja axis of the state with machetes and other weapons after claimed assault against the men of the LAGESC during the week.
But against the actions of the men, the Lagos state government took responsibility, with direction of severely punish toward the LAGESC officers over the public misconduct and after action that cost millions worth property.
From the latest development, the state government expressed its displeasure over the actions of the men, while it informed the accused men, through the leaked issued queries, to represent themselves in writing why a disciplinary action should not be taking against them.
Source from the agency, who confided in the The Guild but want his name kept from the public, disclosed that the officers would have to go and that LAGESC cannot keeping such bad elements in the system.
He added that before the incident occurred, the agency had been warning the officers over received complaints from public against their approach and others actions.
The source confirmed that the queries were served to affected officers and that all the men may have to sacrifice their jobs after agency’s investigation.
He explained that even though the officers were attacked first by members of the public, the display was not enough justification for the actions, just as the source expressed certainty that government would not tolerate indiscipline of the men.