CP removes DPO over detention of lawyer seeking justice

By Nudoiba Ojen

The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr Adegoke Fayoade, has ordered the immediate removal of the Divisional Police Officer of Gowon Estate Division from the division.

The DPO was relieved of duty following allegations of detaining a lawyer who was pursuing justice for a client.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, SP
Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday, said that the CP’s order came after the completion of investigations into the accusations made against the DPO, as reported in the media on January 4.

He said that the DPO’s removal is pending further review of the case by higher supervisory authorities.

He stated, “The CP had earlier ordered a thorough investigation into the matter upon receipt of the publication.

“CP Fayoade has equally directed the OC Legal of the Command to initiate steps to reach out to the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos State Branch, to enable a round table discussion.

“The meeting is towards preventing a recurrence of the avoidable incident and enhancing better Police-Lawyers relationship,” he said.

The spokesperson stressed the command’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and assured that any officer found culpable would face appropriate sanctions.

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