Falana joins hundreds of lawyers to protest police brutality in Lagos

Femi Falana

Senior advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana on Thursday joined hundreds of lawyers to protest against the alleged brutality of the personnel of Lagos State Police Command.

The Ikeja, Ikorodu, Badagry and Epe branches of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) carried out the peaceful protest.

Falana said the five branches of the NBA came together to fight police brutality due to the recent maltreatment of a lawyer Olumide Sonubi.

Mr Sonubi was detained unlawfully at Gowon Estate Police Station, Lagos for two days.

The lawyer was reportedly hospitalised after detention by the police on December 30, 2023, over an alleged assault of a police officer during negotiations.

Falana said the NBA decided to make a case through the affected colleague to say no to brutalisation of lawyers and the citizens by the police.

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He said the NBA demanded a full investigation of the incident.

“I am happy the commissioner of police announced today that investigation is ongoing. The commissioner also indicated that lawyers should be prepared to be members of the committee since the police have nothing to hide.

“Besides the report, the NBA is also taking certain steps to file actions to protect the human rights of our colleagues to make a point that if anything of that nature happens to any lawyer, the NBA will take it up,” he said.

NBA Lagos branch mobilised about 700 lawyers across the state for the protest from the secretariat of the NBA Ikeja branch to the headquarters of the Lagos State Police Command.