Apart from the Bollywood movies, another drama scripted or not is the parade of suspects by the police.
Although there has been arguments for and against the legality of this practice, the focus of these contribution from our Guest Writer, ADEWALE BUSARI is the urgent need to review the Nation’s crime fighting to ensure adequate punishment for the culprits, respect the right of the innocent and reduce criminality.
In the month of April alone, the Lagos State Police Command in its bid to rid the State of crimes and criminality swooped on many hideouts and black spots within the metropolis, in the end several arrest were made.
The statistics of the arrests showed that minors are now deeply involved in act of criminality. Many are engaging in it with their full consciousness while some were lured into it.
From the press statement read by the state police boss Imohimi Edgal, some of these crimes were perpetrated by cultists given credence to the allusion that the youths are becoming endanger species, they might not be “Lazy” as many thought, but might have been deploying their energy in a negative way, thereby endangering their future and that of the nation, a Nation, a school of thought says loses her soul if her youths are not well cared for.
Although all efforts to fight crimes in Lagos in particular might be yielding results with the spate of arrests, but beyond arrest how is the system ridding the state of crimes.
It is also worthy of note that some bad eggs among the police have turned the licence to rid black spots as an opportunity to make money from innocent youths, stories are abound about how police turned viewing centre to a money spinning center by regularly invading the place, extort money from innocent youths and clamped ‘unco-orperatives ones” in detention labelling them as criminals.
It is a notorious fact that the prison are over crowded, congested and over populated as the case may be, this put a snag on the purpose which it was built, it is often argued that prisons are reformation centres, but event has proved otherwise.
A keen observer of suspects being paraded daily will agree with the sad reality that it is more or less a recycling of suspects. Many of these suspects were either been recently released from prison, detention or in any facilities.
Stories are abound about how dangerous crimes were planned from the prisons and coordinated from the prisons.
Confronted with this, many of the agents of government have not stopped pointing accusing fingers, while the police blames the judiciary for releasing dangerous criminals back to the society, The judiciary in turn was quick in blaming the police and the prosecution for doing a shoddy job at the investigation level and prosecuting stages.
It is not new to hear prosecution complaining of lack of access to the witnesses thereby seeking unending adjournments, sometimes evoking the anger of the presiding judges.
Beyond blaming the government and her agencies, the alarming rate of underage involvement in crimes simply shows that there is something wrong with the system, It means the Nation is loosing it at the home front, hence the need for the parents to wake up to their responsibilities as first teachers.
Almost 40 suspected cultists were arrested in Lagos last month, a breakdown shows that one Ganiyu Babatunde who resides on Lagos Island is the youngest, the 16 year old boy followed his peers to a supposed party which turned out to be cult initiation at Ikorodu area of Lagos. All these suspects are within the age of 16 and 30. If these people are truly the leaders of tomorrow as is often been said, then the future is endangered.
As 2019 General elections beckons, there is really an urgent need for the government to up its game if it is actually desirous of free and fair poll, ”an idle hand is a devil workshop so goes the saying, so with the these set of boys on the streets, it is clear like a crystal ball that the devil surely has many workshops in waiting.
This is not the time to trade blames but the time for the government to up its game, the police should also go beyond the arrest and parade to building a water tight case that can survive the test of defence lawyers to ensure prosecution of cases.
On its part the judiciary needs to buckle up and refrain from hiding under technicalities to release criminals into the society.
Above all, provisions of meaningful jobs is key, so it is pertinent for the government to create an enabling environment for this, N-Power is not what we are talking about here because what is next for the successful N-Power candidates after its tenure, let the government bring back the jobs and it will spend less on prosecution of criminals and criminality.
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