The police in Nigeria is partly to blame for the death of the four youngsters lynched in Aluu community of Rivers State.
The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, has blamed the lackadaisical attitude of the Nigerian Police as a major reason for the killing of the four students of the University of Port Harcourt, murdered by a vigilante group in Aluu community of Rivers state.
In a statement, Rotimi Fashakin, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, said the police are usually absent whenever they are needed in crime scenes. Mr. Fashakin said the Nigerian police are reactive instead of being pro active.
“Globally, policing is first and foremost about maintenance of law and order,” he said. “Where was the Nigeria Police while this fire of primitive justice raged?”
Mr. Fashakin compared the Nigerian police with the New York Police department of the United States.
“Officers are seen patrolling the streets in all the five boroughs of the city in that way, crime is detected and prevented so that societal equilibrium is not unduly discomfited,” he said, adding that in Nigeria, the police would wait for the crime to be committed and still not perform its functions.
Mr. Fashakin said the Nigeria Police is inefficient because a considerable number of its insufficient personnel is devoted for the protection of the chieftains of the ruling PDP.
“Truly, arrests have been made in connection with this heinous crime; we insist that there should be a paradigm shift in the organizational strategy of the Nigeria Police to Crime prevention”.
Loss of confidence on the Police
According to the CPC, the emergence and growing number of vigilante groups in Nigerian communities is an attestation to the waning public confidence in the service delivery of the Nigeria Police.
Mr. Fashakin said the spontaneity of the response to distress calls is still a sore point in the performance of the Police. He said the delay or absence of prosecution and conviction makes for eroded public confidence in the force.
“There was the case of a man, arrested by the Police with evidential trappings of an armed robber who later found his way to the National Assembly as an elected senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, having escaped prosecution and conviction”.
This according to the party, may partly explain, but not justify the reason
communities mete out jungle justice to criminals or perceived criminals. The party however said despite all these institutional weaknesses of the Nigeria Police, they are not enough for communities to resort to self-help.
It therefore advised governments at all levels to structure all vigilante groups “to work in tandem with the Nigeria Police”.
“The kernel of the operation should be to effect arrest of accused
criminals and turn over to the Police,” the CPC said.
The party commiserated with the family of the deceased persons adding that the gruesome visuals of the murders must create “a collective desire in us as Nigerians for a safer, tranquil and better-governed polity.”