By Cletus Opukeme, Warri
The Nigerian Bar Association, Udu Branch has strongly condemned the unprovoked and unwarranted assault of one of its members, Akpokona Omafuaire, Esq. who was on essential duty, by the Men of the Nigeria Police Force, Ovwian/Aladja Police Station, Delta State.
In a heavily worded press statement on Saturday signed by the following officials,Patrick Mekako, Esq.,Chairman Peter Daubry, Esq.Secretary and Austin Nyekigbe, Esq.Publicity Secretary respectively said, “The act of cutting Akpokona Omafuaire, Esq. and his car with cutlasses by Men of the Nigeria Police Force is inhumane and condemnable. Several pictures show the bruises and lacerations sustained by Akpokona Omafuaire, Esq. and the damage to his car as a result of the acts of these unfortunate Men in uniform. This dastardly act by the Men of the Nigeria Police Force, Ovwian/Aladja Division is shameful.
” The NBA Udu Branch in the strongest term condemns the unprovoked, reprehensible, irresponsible and the unwarranted attack on the person of Akpokona Omafuaire, Esq. by Men of the Nigeria Police Force, Ovwian/Aladja Division whose primary and constitutional duty is to protect the Properties and lives of Citizens. The Branch has reported the matter to all relevant authorities. Investigation is ongoing and the Branch shall ensure that the said Policemen are arrested and prosecuted” the statement noted.
They however, expressed empathy with the rest of the World to call for Justice and in the same vein commiserate with the families of the victims of Extra-Judicial Killings all over the Country in the course of the #EndSARS protests. We call on all Citizens to shun violence and be law abiding.
” In a bid to lend our support towards a better policing system and to put an end to police brutality, the NBA Udu Branch has set up a *Human Rights Help Desk*. Members of the public and most especially those within Udu and its environ are at liberty to call the following numbers where protesters or Citizens have been arrested and or brutalized or any similar complaint against the police or other law enforcement agencies” the statement added.
They however added contact numbers of the Human Rights team for protesters and other members of the public whose rights were violated by the Nigerian police or any other law enforcement agencies. Andrew Onodjefemue, Esq.0806 819 2318, Benefit Orugbo, Esq, 0803 566 9140, Omosefe Erhurhu, Esq. 0806 383 9914 for legal protection.