Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Imohim Edgar on Tuesday sued for cooperation between the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the police.
Edgar said this at a joint press briefing held at the secretariat of the Ikeja branch of the NBA.
The CP said the NBA is a vital partner in the dispensation of justice.
The conference was organised to douse the tension which aroused in the aftermath of the maltreatment meted on a member of the branch by some police officers in Lagos.
The Ikeja branch led by the chairman, Adesina Ogunlana, had plan a protest march to the Governor’s office against police brutality.
The CP, who said he got wind of the proposed protest through news report, contacted the Bar leadership and pleaded with them to shelve the protest.
“You are vital partners in dispensation of of criminal justice. I was not happy when I heard the NBA were calling for a general protest against police. I was not against the protest but the nature of the protest “It is your right to call the attention of the police to where we are lacking. The only way we can gain the trust of the people is by ensuring we operates professionally and be guided by laws.
“The ASP and his team responsible for this incident are already being detained and are facing trials. We are partners in ensuring there is justice. I am calling on Lagosians to continue to report policemen as per unprofessional attitudes and failures to respond to respond to emergency.”
Imohimi said the state currently has 28,000 policemen, the largest in any state in the country, adding that ‘we must have bad eggs.’
“My door is open to everyone, any time. This visit is to give assurance that I am with the Bar in partnership”. Edgar said.
In his speech, the Chairman of NBA, Ikeja branch, Adesina Ogunlana, commended the CP for rising to the occassion.
“The CP has demonstrated good faith with us. We called off the protest to give respect to his (CP) office and to also test whether it is indeed a new people . Many citizens have experienced police brutality and all these should stop.
The police that is trusted and loved is the police that will deliver. When police becomes our friend, the citizen will also help them in community policing,” he said.