The Lagos State Police Command has said the planned protest against “Police Brutality” by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja Branch is unnecessary.
The above is contained in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police Command SP Chika Oti wherein the Command advised that the NBA branch should explore other avenues to resolve their grievances.
The statement reads”
Lagos State Police command hereby advises the Ikeja branch of the Nigeria Bar Association led by Mr. Adesina Ogunlana to shelve their planned protest slated for tomorrow 20th February, 2018 as all avenues to resolving their grievances have not been exploited.
The CP is deeply worried about the security implication of such protest at this time when the resources of the Police command is over stretched. Thus, it is expected that the NBA chairman whose office is a shouting distance away from the CP’s office, should have at least briefed him on the matter and indeed any issue of interest to his association instead of planning a street protest for a matter that could be resolved in the CP’s office without much ado. Moreso the unit of the Police which the NBA has issues with and indeed all operational Police units in the state are under the command of the Commissioner of Police.
The Lagos State Police Command, views this planned protest and the call by the NBA Chairman that all manner of people should join the protest as a call to breach the public peace and safety and an unnecessary dissipation of valuable energy.
Besides these, the Command wishes to draw the attention of the organisers of the protest that intelligence report at its disposal indicates that certain elements are hell bent on truncating the peace in Lagos State and are merely waiting for triggers such as the planned protest by the NBA to execute their intentions. The Command would like to inform the NBA Chairman that as a stakeholder in peace affairs , security and public orderliness in the state, he ought to partner the police in ensuring public safety and not resort to acts capable of breaching the peace enjoyed by all in the state.
The CP wishes to assure the NBA Chairman that his complaint as seen in the newspapers is noted and that investigation into it is in progress and at the end, a joint press conference in which the NBA Chairman would be invited would be held.
The above is coming on the heels of the Branch’s planned protest tagged “Protest March Against Police Brutality” occasioned by the unnecessary harassment of one of the members of the branch.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the branch Mr Adesina Ogunlana has continued to encourage lawyers to join in the protest. In his words:
“All TIGERS and other legal practitioners participating are to be in formal wears of the colors of the profession . I know that many of us have matters in court on Tuesday but I respectfully call you to this great , patriotic and noble duty . We have done the TALK , now let’s WALK our talk.”
Whether the above statement by the Lagos Police Command would stop the protest would be known in a few hours.