Police Brutality: “How i was beaten and manhandled by Policemen at Ilorin Police Station” – Ilorin NBA Chairman, MAI Akande
MY BRIEF RESPONSE TO THE CASE OF ILLEGAL ARREST, ASSAULT AND DETENTION OF LAWYERS AT NIGERIA POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL, A DIVISION POLICE BARACK, ILORIN, KWARA STATE
I heard that a lawyer was arrested by the police at the A Division Police Barack Ilorin. I went to the station and it was there that I realised that the matter happened at the Police Training School within the A Division Police Barack. I met some of our colleagues there arguing with police and I told them to stop it and they obeyed me.
I introduced myself to a man being addressed as “Headmaster” and told him my mission. He took me to his office and told me that the lawyer was unruly.
It was a minor issue on the proprietary or otherwise of a lawyer passing through a gate. He said the lawyer was detained because he was rude and I asked to let me see him.
I was surprised when the young man (lawyer) was brought out. He was in his boxer and a singlet with contours on his head and very dirty
I was sad and asked why a Nigerian should be treated like this, immediately I arose from my seat and was about to take my leave. Dr. Adua Mustapha (a senior lecturer) that came in with me stylish took his (young lawyer)picture but he was sighted so that was how we were blocked from moving out.
We managed to get outside and we were surrounded, manhandled and beaten. A senior police officer (whom I later known to be the commandant) and initially abusing us but when i introduced myself as the Chairman of the NBA Ilorin Branch, he ordered them to stop beating us and took us to his office.
When we told him what happened, he ordered them to produce the detained lawyer and immediately he saw him he became furious and queried why someone can be treated like this.
He (superior officer) asked the detained lawyer who did this to him and he pointed at a man in Ankara cloth and ordered his arrest and detention immediately
While this was ongoing many of our colleagues came in and the place became rowdy so I ordered all lawyers there to leave with me and that how we left.
Yes ma, after we left, he was later released and he joined us in the office
The Commissioner of police later called me and pleaded that I should see him tomorrow (today)
Press men also called while some came to our office
This is the 4th time lawyers ‘ll be arrested, detained and brutalized by the police in less than 4 months of my tenure
– MAI AKANDE ESQ
CHAIRMAN NBA ILORIN BRANCH