A team of policemen from the Works Department of the Force Headquarters in Lagos allegedly stormed and vandalized the residence of retired Commissioner of Police Chucks Enwonwu. The incident occurred at Quarter 33, Flat 2, Oba Akinjobi Street, G.R.A., Ikeja, while Enwonwu was absent.

Eyewitnesses reported that over 10 policemen arrived at the residence and embarked on extensive vandalism and looting of the property. Speaking to reporters, the distraught Enwonwu explained, “It was my official quarters while I was in service. I had yet to move to the property I bought from the Police Cooperative at Bank Anthony Way, which is still without electricity. Despite paying for the flat in tranches since 2019, I could not move in and had no intention of holding onto the GRA flat as it was to be demolished.”

Enwonwu continued, “On that particular day, I received calls from another retired officer stating that a Superintendent of Police from the Works Department had led a team to eject me from the GRA flat. I requested the officer in charge to wait for me to send two SPOs to pack my belongings to my new house. However, he proceeded to break into the flat and they began looting and vandalizing my items.”

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Enwonwu revealed that his valuables, including cash, jewelry, clothes, property documents, NYSC and degree certificates, were stolen before the two SPOs arrived. He estimated his loss to be over N15 million. Enwonwu added that he was not served any notice prior to the incident and had left his belongings there due to the lack of electricity in his new residence.

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In response, ACP Dangana, who oversees the Police Works Department in Lagos, stated, “I signed the eviction notice, and Superintendent of Police Adebisi Adesola led our men to the location. The directive came from the police high command to eject illegal occupants. The individual in question retired two years ago, making him an illegal occupant. He was supposed to vacate the building six months after retirement but did not, leaving his property locked up and moving to the East.”

Dangana added, “He informed me that his valuable documents and jewelry were misplaced during the process, but I was not aware as I was not present on the day officers went to the building.”

Enwonwu, who served in various capacities including as Commissioner of Police in Oyo State and at the SPU, retired at 60 years old after being denied the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police.

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