Gentlemen, the Nigerian Bar Association was, today, confronted with the assault of our colleague Luqman Bello, Esq, a member of the NBA Ilorin Branch.
Information reaching the NBA President, Paul Usoro,SAN, confirmed that it was a Police officer from the Police Training school in Ilorin that threw caution and decency to the wind.
Immediately the incident happened, the NBA President, reached out to the Ilorin Branch Chairman, Mr. Idowu Akande. The office of the Inspector General of Police was also contacted by the NBA President. The cheering news is that the officer involved is presently in Police detention on the instruction of the Commissioner of Police,Kwara State while investigation into this ill is ongoing.
The NBA President assures members that the NBA will ensure that this particular case is followed up to a logical conclusion and the offender prosecuted. Similar assurances have also been given by the Police authorities.
The NBA President wishes to inform members that an appointment is being firmed up with the Inspector General of Police and the meeting between the NBA President and the IGP may hold within the week. It is expected that the proposed meeting will highlight on the increasing police harassment of lawyers and the need to put a final stop to it.
National Publicity Secretary, NBA.