The delay usually encountered in serving justice to suspected criminals undergoing trials in Nigeria is worrisome.
The assistant inspector general of police in charge of Zone 13, Ukpo, AIG Umar Muri, stated this in an event organised in his honour to mark his retirement from the force. The event held in Anambra weekend.
AIG Muri attributed increasing high rates of crimes in Nigeria to delays in criminal justice dispensation. According to him, he joined the Nigeria Police ‘to ensure justice for Nigerians’, but regretted that even though justice delivery begins with the police, the slow nature of trials by the judiciary sector has made it impossible to serve justice to many criminals.
He submitted that serving justice to criminals would serve as a deterrent to other persons who intend to commit anti-social activities.
In his view, the police ‘need to do their job very well while the judiciary should ensure that justice is served within three months so that the country can be better’.
He enjoined junior officers to emulate the good habits of the higher officers, adding that the worst injustice to serve is to a poor man.
He expressed gratitude to God for protecting and giving him strong health all through his service to the fatherland.
In a speech, the commissioner of police, Anambra State, Mr Echeng Echeng, described the retiring AIG as an icon of the force and epitome of justice whose leadership and commitment to the job were exemplary.
Mr Echeng said AIG Muri worked hard to make the police what it is today, and urged younger officers to emulate him.
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