The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ilorin branch, Mohammed Akande, and two other lawyers, Mr Luqman Olanrewaju and Dr Mustapha Aduwa have been reportedly assaulted by students of the Nigeria Police Training School in the Challenge area of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
According to Punch Metro, trouble started when Olanrewaju went to the police training college in response to a distress call by one of his clients.
The lawyer said he was attacked while attempting to pass through the premises of the school.
“They started calling me a fake lawyer. They asked me to produce my identity card, and I told them that I’m a private lawyer.
“At this point, they pounced on me, slapping and kicking me, while some used the stick gun in their hands to beat me.
“At a point, they removed my shirt and trousers, leaving me with my boxers and singlet. They threw me up in the air and I fell on the ground. They later carried me and dumped me in their cell.”
Olanrewaju said he was assualted under the supervision of one Adeyemi Mulikat, who, he supposed, was a teacher in the police training college.
The NBA Chairman, Akande, said he visited the scene in company with Aduwa after he received a call that a lawyer was being assaulted in the police college. He said he was also assualted.
“I received a distress call from one of our colleagues that a member was in crisis at the A Division Police Station, in the Challenge area and we both went there.
“It was when we got there that we discovered that the incident occurred at the Police Training School section, and straight we met the headmaster who invited us to his office.
“He told us that the whole issue was about thorough fare at the gate; that the lawyer was very rude which made him order his men to lock him up. Then I asked him to produce the lawyer from their cell.
“When I saw my colleague I was almost crying. He was in boxers and singlet; with scars all over his body. Not even an armed robber deserves that kind of inhuman treatment. So, I told them to kill the lawyer, having beaten him that much.
“In the process, an altercation ensued between us and l was also beaten by his officers; my tie was pulled severally and my shirt was roughened.”
The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Fafowora Olaniyi, received a complaint that some men of the Nigeria Police, attached to the Police Training School, Ilorin assaulted the victims.
He said the issue could ordinarily have been resolved if professionalism was brought to bear by the parties concerned.
“The command wishes to state with every sense of responsibility that the situation is highly regretted; the command’s sympathy is extended to the victims, while investigation into the matter has been directed by the CP.”