n https://shininginluz.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/madeleine-monchique-part-2/, my wife had tried to report a stolen phone in a GNR station in Lagos on Monday 6 Aug 2018. She was asked to come back the next morning by GNR officer Rui Hernandes.
So she returned at 9.20am on Tuesday morning, got a space in the GNR car park, and as promised, officer Rui Hernandez was on the front desk.
Reporting a stolen phone is simply a case of filling in a 2 page form, but that was not completed until 11.10am, nearly 2 hours later.
The issue was that Officer Hernandes was the only officer manning the front desk at the station. In addition to filling in the stolen phone claim, he had to answer all the calls to the station landline, ditto the station mobile, handle the GNR radio traffic and explain to people entering the station how long they would have to wait before being dealt with.
During my wife’s visit to the station, there were two incidents of note.
First, in dribbles, GNR officers emerged from the rear of the station, until 5 of them had assembled in the reception room. Each officer had a small suitcase, of the type carried on as hand luggage on airflights. Once assembled, they departed the station. Officer Rui Hernandes explained that all GNR officers were trained in firefighting, and this quintet was going to help deal with the conflagration around Monchique.
I have seen photos of the GNR being used in two ways in the Monchique fire. The first has the GNR in normal police uniform, carrying out normal GNR duties. The second has GNR officers in firefighting dress, identical to that of the bombeiros, except that GNR kit is emblazoned with the word GNR, not Bombeiros.
So it seemed this GNR station in Lagos was being pared to minimal resources to support the effort against the forest fire. Or was it?
The second incident involved where my wife had parked her car, in the space reserved for the GNR. While she had been given permission to use it, 2 GNR officers said that made no difference, as they had to open those green doors on the RHS of the photo. With our car duly moved out of the way, the green doors were opened.
It turns out those doors are not garage doors but stable doors. Out came 2 horses, the GNR officers mounted up, and off they trotted to patrol Lagos.
This is a bit perplexing. Lagos itself is supposed to be handled by the PSP, not the GNR. Quite why two GNR mounted police officers were patrolling Lagos is an enigma.