By Evelyn Usman
LAGOS – COMMISSIONER of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, Thursday, ordered the arrest of some policemen whose video went virile while assaulting a lawyer in his chambers at 28/30 Macarthy Street, Lagos Island.
The policemen in the video were said to be operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.
However, an investigation by the Command revealed that they were conventional policemen attached to Lion Building Division.
As at yesterday, the investigation panel constituted by the Police boss, to look into the allegation, discovered that the policemen were not at their professional best.
Vanguard gathered that policemen were facing an orderly room trial, at the end of which, they would be sanctioned.
Commenting on their arrest, spokesman for the Lagos Police Command, Chile Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said: “The police officers seen in a video assaulting a young lawyer said to be demanding for his salary and posted on the Instagram by OAKTVOnline with the caption ‘SARS officers assault young lawyer allegedly demanding for his salary in Lagos’, caught the CP’s attention.
“Findings into the case revealed that the officers in the video are not SARS operatives as alleged, but conventional policemen attached to Lion Building Police Station, who were invited to the chambers of Olawore & Co of No 28/30 Macarty Street, Lagos Island by the managing partner, Barrister Oluyomi Olawore.
“The said Barrister Oluyomi Olawore sent a distress call to the police through one of his junior partners, requesting that he be rescued from another junior partner by name Barrister Olakunle Kareem, whom he alleged was about to use an unlawful force on him having disconnected the firms’ CCTV cameras, locked up all doors leading into the firm and thereafter, held Barrister Olawore hostage inside his office.”
“Based on the complaint, the DPO in charge of Lion Building dispatched policemen to the troubled chamber to bring the feuding lawyers over for interrogation. “However, the Commissioner of Police, observed with dismay that the policemen sent to the scene were not at their professional best.
“He has, therefore, ordered that the policemen, who had been arrested, be tried on oath. They risk stiff punishments for their actions. The CP also directed that Divisional Police Officer in charge of Lion Building be queried for lack of supervision.”
Vanguard learned that the CP had directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department, SCIID Yaba, to take over the investigation of the case and critically look into the matter concerning the two lawyers with a view to diligently prosecute both or any one of them found wanting.
As at yesterday, Vanguard reliably gathered that the lawyers had been invited to clear the air on the alleged presentation of a dud cheque by one of them to the other, a situation that reportedly caused the rancour.