The Lagos State Police Command has advised the Ikeja branch of Nigeria Bar Association(NBA)to shelve their planned protest slated for February 20, 2018, saying all avenues to resolving their grievances have not been exploited.
The Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), SP Chike Oti,made this known in a statement on Monday on behalf of the Police.
According to Oti, CP Edgal Imohimi is deeply worried about the security implication of such a protest by the Adesina Ogunlana-led NBA at “this time when the resources of the Police command is over stretched.”
Oti stated:”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.”
He added that the Police Command views the 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 to the fact 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.” PPRO stated further.
He,therefore, assured 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.