The NBA Publicity Secretary, Akorede Habeeb Lawal has asked the police not to subtly and indirectly make the court a scapegoat of the failings of the criminal justice system.
A tweeter handle, @99% Oppressed had tweeted a picture of one Rasheed Abdulateef, aka Adagun, which according to the tweet is “a cult leader in Agege, who led thugs to Alausa in October 2020, to attack unarmed peaceful #EndSARS protesters was arrested in June 2022, with riffles at Agege by RRS.” And the tweeter tagged the Public Relations Officer of Lagos State Police Command, one SP Benjamin Hundeyin and he asked
“@BenHundeyin what is the latest?”
In response to the tweet, SP Hundeyin suggested that the court was responsible for the reappearance of the alleged cultist when he tweeted that “it would shock you that we charge people to court only for us to see them again. The court in its own wisdom frees them. Again, approach the court.”
It was in response to Hundeyin that Lawal retweeted that “There is nothing shocking about charging persons to court and seeing them again. Afterall, everyone is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Also, the court shouldn’t be subtly made an easy scapegoat for weak investigations and terrible prosecution. Let’s be guided!”