Several police officers in Lagos State are voicing their displeasure over the apparent lack of concern for their health by the authorities of the Nigerian Police Force.
This concern has emerged following a tragic incident where a police constable, Wale Akinlotan, slumped and died while on duty at the Ilupeju police division in Lagos.
The Tragic Incident
Wale Akinlotan, a graduate of Mass Communication from the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, collapsed while stationed at the Ilupeju police division, where he served as the orderly to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO).
The circumstances surrounding his death remain unknown, but it occurred just a few weeks after he sustained injuries from a bite by a suspect.
Injuries from a Suspect Bite
Reports suggest that Akinlotan had played a role in apprehending a suspect who attempted to escape from police custody.
In the process, the suspect bit Akinlotan on multiple body parts, including his shoulder and fingers. Akinlotan had even shared videos of his injuries on Tiktok, highlighting the dangers police officers face in the line of duty.
The Officer’s Final Rest
Wale Akinlotan has been laid to rest in a cemetery in Lagos State. He joined the Nigeria Police Force in 2018 and had previously served at the Lagos Police Public Relations Office as part of its media team.
Alarming Pattern of Officer Deaths
In response to this tragic incident, some police officers in Lagos have alleged that Akinlotan’s death is not an isolated case and that similar deaths have occurred among police personnel of various ranks across the nation.
They attribute this alarming pattern of deaths to the lack of rest and concern for officers’ health within the force.
These officers in Lagos have pointed out that they are often denied the time to rest and that nobody seems to prioritize their health at work. Even when they fall ill, they claim they are required to provide a medical report before being allowed to seek medical treatment.
Working multiple shifts a day and the unapproved annual leave further compound their health-related issues, leading to the tragic loss of officers.