We woke up this morning to the sad news of yet another case of police brutality against lawyers, this time at the Umuneke Ngor Magistrate court – the society’s Temple of Justice.
The brutality by policemen against lawyers is totally condemnable and wholly unacceptable and a complete abuse of the Police Force for the policemen to have so brutally descended on unarmed lawyers carrying on their lawful vocation, who posed no threat whatsoever to them whatever the circumstances that took the policemen to the court premises.
The incident speaks to the increasing sense of invincibility by our law enforcement officers. They are bolstered by the fact that none of the previous acts of assault and brutality against our colleagues has, to my knowledge, earned the erring personnel any disciplinary action by the Nigeria Police Force.
It is time that we put a stop to this serial abuse of lawyers and unarmed civilians by law enforcement agents. We must follow through the Nigeria Police Force’s disciplinary processes against those erring policemen and ensure that it serves as a warning on other law enforcement agents that such conduct remains intolerable and unacceptable to the Nigerian Bar Association.
PAUL USORO, SAN