DUTY OF POLICE TO PROTECT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WITH THEIR ARMS “not to use same to kill them”
Saheed Afeez Ayinde
Commendable is the Law that saw to the birth of the POLICE FORCE for their holistic duty towards guiding and guarding against anarchy in the society. Hence to protect the citizens that the law has been meant for through the enforcement of the existing Laws with necessary Measureable force as conferred upon them. Upon this they were armed.
Though, there is no specific scale of measure to know when and where Necessary Measurable Force should be applicable yet the police should ensure proper care in discharge his duty and not to harm the citizens they ought to protect unwittingly.
As observed in this case by per Okoro Jsc in his conviction of the appellant (police officer)
Ola V State
I agree that the appellant in tended the natural and probable consequence of his action. Police officers who are entrusted with arms while on duty should realize that the arm is to be used to protect members of the public and not to use same to kill them. The behavior of the appellant on the fateful night against an unarmed civilian was most barbaric and uncalled for. I hope and pray that this kind of behaviour will not repeat itself. It is on this note that I resolve this sole issue against the appellant.
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