Battered lawyer transferred to LUTH
NBA threatens action against police
The 42 years old lawyer, Sunday Elimihe, beaten and stripped of N150,000 in his car pidgin hole, has been transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, after doctors and medical experts in Shomolu General Hospital could not restore his sight.
Elimihe, who spoke to The Guardian on telephone, noted that the Shomolu Hospital, having done all within their powers to help him see again, have finally given him a referral letter to LUTH, where experts could help to restore his sight.
One of the lawyer’s eyes was blinded following the hard beating he received from the policemen who he said were drunk as at the time they stopped him in front of the Onipanu Police station.
The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) chairman, Ikeja Branch, Yinka Farombi, told The Guardian that the association has waded into the matter and would be taking the Lagos State police command up on it.
According to him, “we have waded in already. We are going to take the police up because one of our brother’s eyes is partially blinded. I have gone to see the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) but he was not in his office. I have also visited my colleague in the hospital. We are not going to take this matter lightly because it involves the life of our member.”
The Guardian gathered that the Lagos State police command has commenced disciplinary procedures of all policemen involved in the beating.
Elimihe, while narrating the incident to newsmen at the Shomolu General Hospital noted: “On my way coming from Lekki where I went to check a property with my client, I decided to use the Onipanu police station road, by Apata.
“Immediately I drove into the street close to the station, one Corporal Alonge stopped me, demanded for my vehicle particulars, I gave him, he demanded for Driver’s License, I gave him; when he discovered I did not commit any offence, he asked for my Tinted Glass permit, which I gave him.
“He told me I was using a forged tinted glass permit. I told him I could not have forged a police document as a lawyer. He became furious and said he was going to arrest me.
“He jumped into my vehicle and insisted I must give him N1, 000 to bail myself. He pounced on me and cocked his gun threatening to shoot me if I make a move.”
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