Posted by Nurudeen Ogbara | 9 May 2014 | 5,073 times
It is rather unfortunate that while the nation (and indeed the international community) is yet to recover from the rude shock and worries of the recent double-barreled bomb explosions and attacks in Abuja coupled with the embarrassing Chibok Tragedy in which over 200 young girls have been kidnapped, the Nigerian Police Force (Lagos Command) rather than joining forces with other security forces nation-wide to curb this miasmatic occurrences, delight in persecuting innocent, peace-loving and law-abiding citizens like Mr. Toba Ajiboye.
We use this rare opportunity to appeal to all Nigerians at home and abroad to prevail on the Inspector General of Police; Alhaji M. D. Abubakar and the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Alhaji Umar Abubakar Manko to order the Lagos State Police Command to release, without further delay, our client – Mr. Toba Ajiboye – who was arrested in a Gestapo-like manner by a group of policemen and thugs at his residence (No. 2, Karimu Street, Surulere, Lagos) since Thursday, the 24th day of April, 2014.
It will interest you to know that no allegation or offence has been disclosed against Mr. Toba Ajiboye yet the police have refused his wives, children, brothers, cousins, friends and colleagues access to him in the nearly three weeks of his arrest and detention.
Of particular interest is that Mr. Toba Ajiboye was taken from Surulere to the Mushin Police Station, Panti and currently being detained illegally at the Badagry Police Station. When his lawyers, led by Nurudeen Ogbara, Esq., went to see him on Tuesday, the 29th day of April, 2014, the DPO of Badagry Police Station, one CSP Ibrahim AlHassan, denied knowing Mr. Toba Ajiboye and therefore refused access to him by Mr., Nurudeen Ogbara of counsel just as he had been refusing the wives and other relatives access to see Mr. Ajiboye IN VIOLENT
VIOLATION OF SECTION 36 OF THE 1999 Constitution (as amended) which provides as follows:
36. (1) In the determination of his civil rights and obligations, including any question or determination by or against any government or authority, a person shall be entitled to a fair hearing within a reasonable time by a court or other tribunal established by law and constituted in such manner as to secure its independence and impartiality.
(5) Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until he is proved guilty; Provided that nothing in this section shall invalidate any law by reason only that the law imposes upon any such person the burden of proving particular facts.
(6) Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be entitled to –
(a) be informed promptly in the language that he understands and in detail of the nature of the offence;
(b) be given adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence;
(c) defend himself in person or by legal practitioners of his own choice;
We therefore implore all Nigerians to help us urge the Number One Police Officer in Nigeria (Inspector General of Police; Alhaji M. D. Abubakar) and in Lagos State (Alhaji Umar Abubakar Manko) to release our client who is obviously the bread winner of his family because we firmly believe that he has not committed any offence otherwise the Police would have charged him to court since the past three weeks they abducted him from his home.
•Being a statement issued by Nurudeen Ogbara, Esq., on behalf of Nurudeen Ogbara & Co; Solicitors to the wives, children and other relatives of Mr. Toba Ajiboye. Photo shows Lagos Police Commissioner, Alhaji Umar Abubakar Manko.
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