The rights group said this sort of deployment which is absolutely irregular, has become the norm in the police force of Nigeria.The Nigerian police has been lambasted following revelations that it assigned five police officers to musician, Burna Boy.
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA lashed out at the Lagos State Police command and the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba following the revelation.
This all came to light after the musician had engaged in a fight with a married man inside a club while trying to woo the man’s wife.
The rights group said this sort of deployment which is absolutely irregular, has become the norm in the police force of Nigeria.
The rights group said that explains why there is absence of preemptive actions in times of critical needs because the few operatives are all sent for private commercial jobs by their Area Commanders and Commissioners and probably by approval of the Inspector-General.
HURIWA said this following a recent incident at a Lagos nightclub, where Burna Boy’s police escorts shot at a man after the musician allegedly made passes at the man’s wife.
The Lagos State Police Commissioner’s Special Squad has since detained the five policemen attached to the singer for attempted murder.
One of the policemen was said to have shot at two fun seekers— Irebami Lawrence and another identified simply as Tolu, at Club Cubana on Victoria Island, Lagos, on Wednesday.
According to a preliminary report by the Bar Beach Police Division, the trouble started when Burna Boy and his five police escorts entered the nightclub around 4:00am on June 8.
While about four policemen waited outside, one of them, identified as Inspector Ibrahim, who was in mufti, accompanied the Grammy-Award-winning artiste into the club.
The singer was in the VIP section with three women when he allegedly spotted another woman.
However, the lady’s husband was said to have lambasted the singer, insisting that it was disrespectful for any man to make advances at his wife.
After some minutes, Burna Boy reportedly made fresh advances at the woman. This infuriated her husband further and his friends who had gathered at the club.
“As things were getting heated, Ibrahim brought out his service pistol and shot multiple times while Burna Boy was laughing,” said a senior policeman.
HURIWA quoted a media report as stating that in the process, 27-year-old Lawrence was shot in the thigh, while his friend, Tolu, was hit in the head by a bullet and this caused a commotion in the club.