Lagos CP removes Gowon Estate DPO for beating, detaining a lawyer

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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Protest poster of NBA Lagos branch scheduled for Thursday January 11 over the brutalization of Mr Olumide Sonupe, a lawyer.

The Divisional Police Officer of Gowon Estate Division in Lagos State has been removed for allegedly detaining a lawyer seeking justice for his client.

The removal is coming on the heels of a prtest by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Lagos branch scheduled to hold tomorrow, January 11, 2024, to show their resentment on how the lawyer, Olumide Sonupe was treated by police officers and the DPO of Gowon Estate Division.

Protest poster of NBA Lagos branch scheduled for Thursday January 11 over the brutalization of Mr Olumide Sonupe, a lawyer.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the removal in a statement on Wednesday. According to Hundeyin, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, ordered the immediate removal of the officer from the division.

He said that this followed the conclusion of investigations into the allegations made against the DPO.

He said that the DPO would be removed pending a review of his case by other supervisory authorities.

“The CP had earlier ordered a thorough investigation into the matter upon receipt of the publication. CP Fayoade has equally directed the OC Legal of the command to initiate steps to reach out to the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos State Branch, to enable a round table discussion. The meeting is towards preventing a recurrence of the avoidable incident and enhancing better police-lawyers relationship,” he said.

The police spokesperson said that the command would continue to uphold the rule of law and sanction any officer found wanting.

Sonupe based in Lagos was beaten and brutalized in the course of seeking justice for a carpenter detained at the station. The carpenter according to a statement was detained for failing to meet the specification of the carpentry work given to him. Sonupe had gone to seek his release, telling the police that the case was not criminal. He was beaten and detained for two days before he was released. He was subsequently hospitalised after his release. The incident happened on December 30, 2023.

Additional reports from NAN

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