Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohim Edgar, has appealed to the Ikeja chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to forget about the maltreatment of one of its members by a senior police officer, saying action had been taken to discipline the officer.
The police boss also called for cooperation between the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the police to aid dispensation of justice in the country.
He made the call during a media briefing held at the secretariat of the Ikeja branch of the NBA.
The CP said the NBA is a vital partner in the dispensation of justice.
The conference was organised to douse the tension which aroused in the aftermath of the maltreatment meted on a member of the branch by some police officers in Lagos in which NBA had plan to embark on a protest against police brutality throughout the state.
The CP, who said he got wind of the proposed protest through a news report, contacted the Bar chairman, Adesina Ogunlana, and pleaded with them to shelve the protest.
“You are vital partners in dispensation of criminal justice. I was worried when I heard the NBA was calling for a general protest against police. I was not against the protest but the nature of the protest.
“It is your right to call the attention of the police to where we are lacking. The only way we can gain the trust of the people is by ensuring we operate professionally and be guided by laws.
“We want peaceful society that is free of crimes. Let me use the opportunity to call on residents in Lagos to call us at any time.
“I have detained the ASP and his team responsible for this incident and they are facing trials.
“We are partners in ensuring there is justice. I am calling on Lagosians to continue to report policemen as per unprofessional attitudes and failures to respond to respond to emergency.”
Imohimi further said the state currently has 28,000 policemen, the largest in any state in the country, posited that ‘we must have bad eggs.’
However, in his speech, the Chairman of NBA, Ikeja branch, Adesina Ogunlana, commended the CP for rising to the occasion.
He said, “The CP has demonstrated good faith with us. We called off the protest to give respect to his (CP) office. Many citizens have been visited with police brutality and all these should stop.
The police that is trusted and loved is the police that will deliver. The quality resource of the police is human intelligent. When police becomes our friend, the citizen will also help them in community policing,” he said.