The Police Commissioner, Lagos Police Command, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, has ordered for the trial of two Police Officers that were caught on Camera assaulting Olakunle Kareem.
According to a statement issued by the Command, the Commissioner added that the Policemen act was unprofessional while ordering the Deputy Commissioner of Police, SCIID Panti Yaba to carry out investigation on the dispute that led to the arrest of the young lawyer.
The statement read thus; “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 and locked up all doors leading into the firm and by so doing, held Barrister Olawore hostage inside his office.
“It was based on the complaint that 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 punishment for their actions. The CP also directed that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Lion Building be queried for lack of supervision.
“Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, SCIID Panti Yaba has been directed to take over investigation of the case and critically look into the matter concerning the two lawyers with the view to diligently prosecute both or anyone of them found wanting.”