Sunday Elimihe

Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP) Fatai Owoseni yesterday reiterated the need for dialogue and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

He stated this during a visit to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch, to pacify the association, following the alleged assault of its member, Sunday Elimihe, by some policemen attached to Onipanu Division.

Owoseni, who praised the lawyer as well as the NBA for not letting the issue escalate, emphasised the importance of dialogue in resolving issues.

The police boss also assured that he would investigate alleged malpractices engaged by personnel of the Onipanu Division, just as he urged the lawyers to follow due process when seeking policemen to aid in judgment execution.

“We are not here to judge who is wrong or right. I came to visit you people as I promised and to also commend you for not letting the issue go out of hand. I told the lawyer that I will foot his hospital bills and my concern is for him to be healthy.

“The lawyer has his fault, which I will tell him when we see again. But no matter what, the policeman should not have assaulted him. The police are not 100 per cent clean, but we have done so much to improve professionalism.

“There are bad eggs everywhere and the police are products of the society,” he said.

The NBA chairman, Yinka Farombi, noted that there has been decline in crime rate under Owoseni.

He, however, decried the treatment meted him by the Onipanu Division after he went there to see the Divisional Police Office

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