Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, has commended Sunday Erhabor, a police officer attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the state command, for his professionalism when assaulted by one Victor Ebhomenyen at Four Point by Sheraton Hotel, Oniru, last weekend.
Erhabor, as seen in the viral video on social media which was captured last Saturday, attempted to arrest Ebhomenyen for driving against the traffic but was assaulted and inflicted with severe bodily injuries.
Governor Sanwo-Olu hailed Erhabor, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), for displaying a high level of professionalism and calmness by restraining himself from taking laws into his hands, despite being assaulted while trying to arrest Ebhomenyen for driving against the traffic.
Speaking at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Monday while receiving ASP Erhabor, the governor said the action of the police officer is a testimonial and encouragement for other officers to show that they can be civil in the face of provocation or assault from suspected criminals.
The policeman received a “Governorship Handshake” and was also presented a state plaque by the governor as a mark of honour to appreciate his commitment to promoting core values of modern policing.
He said: “This is our own little response to the very condemnable events that happened over the weekend. We are all very quick to condemn men of the Nigeria Police, especially when they are found wanting. We are always very quick to also admonish them. But the event that we all saw over the weekend showed that indeed there are some very commendable Police officers.
“In the real heat of provocation, ASP Erhabor displayed high quality of restraint. He displayed calmness and restrained himself from taking laws into his hands. And I think for that little gesture, it is important for us to bring him out so that we also can use him as a testimonial and encouragement for other Police officers to show that indeed they can be civil and that Police are meant to protect our citizens. They are meant to also be law-abiding and the likes of ASP Sunday Erhabor today can be a source of encouragement to others.
“On behalf of the Government and the entire people of Lagos State through the Commissioner of Police, I want to commend ASP Erhabor for show of patience, decorum and what is expected of a Police officer. And I want to implore other Police officers to see that indeed there are times when you may be provoked, restraint is the word and see it that there are some members of the general public that can be very violent, please restrain and let the normal cause of law take its full course.”
“I want to use this medium to commend him, thank him and give him a Governorship handshake or elbow shake as the case might be as a source of encouragement for him and for the Commander of RRS, Chairman of Task Force, the Chief Security Officer and everybody in our Police formation to use ASP Sunday Erhabor as a good case for others.”
Speaking earlier, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu said ASP Erhabor “in the face of provocation and assault on his person displayed high level of diligent and civil oriented professionalism expected in modern policing as advocated by the present Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba”.