- The Kano branch of the NBA has given the state police command 48-hours to tender a public apology over the alleged harassment of its members
- The association said armed policemen molested and arrested its members who were working at an election petition secretariat
- The NBA also called on the police commissioner, Wakili Muhammad, to be non-partisan and professional in the discharge of his duties
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Kano state branch has given the state police command 48 hours to tender public apology to the association for allegedly attacking and maltreating its members while on their lawful duties.
The secretary of the association, Mujtaba Adamu-Ameen, gave the ultimatum while addressing a news conference in Kano on Wednesday, March 20, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that he said: “Yesterday, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at around 2300 hours heavily armed policemen numbering about 30 in six Hilux police vans, alongside a political party member wearing red cap and some pressmen stormed an election petition secretariat.
“Our colleagues were working at the secretariat in preparation for election petition. They molested, arrested and took them away with their working document to the state police command at Bompai Kano where they were put in cell and spent the whole night."
He said all explanations made by the lawyers on their status and what they were doing with sufficient proof of request of results sent to INEC and certified true copy obtained fell on deaf ears.
He said the association had held a meeting and resolved to condemn the unprofessional act of the police for molesting, arresting and detaining their colleagues.
“We condemn the unprofessional act and demand an immediate public apology from the police," he said.
He also called on the police commissioner, Wakili Muhammad, to be non-partisan and professional in the discharge of his duties.
He claimed that it was becoming apparent that his action and that of his men were going contrary to the rule of law and their oath of office.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Paul Usoro, the president of the Nigerian Bar Association was arraigned in a Federal High Court in Lagos presided over by one Justice Rilwan Aikawa, to answer to a 10-count charge levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Although Usoro pleaded not guilty to all counts of the charge, the court approved the arrest and appearance in court of four others suspects in the body of the charge, said to be at large.
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