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Justice Must Not Be Misplaced

Posted: Aug 3, 2016 at 2:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent reported order to Ibrahim Idris, the acting Inspector General of Police to reopen the ‘pandora box’ of unsolved murder cases in Nigeria is certainly a welcome development .It is disheartening that despite the statuses and clouts of the victims of many of these murders, the Nigerian Police are yet to solve any of these cases.

Prominent among these cases are those of Pa Alfred Rewane, Chief Bola Ige, Dr Funsho Williams, Chiefs Harry Marshal and Aminasori Dikibo, just to mention a few. While there are several other murder cases involving unknown Nigerians that the Nigerian Police have also closed without being solved.

Even though the Police Force headquarters in Abuja recently debunked the rumours that Ige and Dikibo’s files were closed, we cannot but agree with public opinion that these cases were either closed or swept under the carpet. Otherwise, how will an incumbent Attorney General of the Federation be killed fourteen years ago and no one has been convicted? Why would the killers of Funsho Williams, Pa Rewane and others still be walking free, possibly masterminding other killings?

One of the measures of effectiveness of any police is its ability to get to the root of murder or robbery cases and bring the perpetrators to book. Unfortunately in Nigeria, we do not seem to have or care for such measures of effectiveness.

This again is a further proof that the Police Force in Nigeria is still largely ill-equipped and ill-fitted to combat crime in the country. The newly appointed IGP should see this current directive by the federal government as a major task and deploy the best of the Police Force to handle these investigations. His measure of success at the end of his tenure may well be based on his ability to unravel some of these cases, whose ghosts continue to haunt his predecessors.

It is therefore important that the Nigerian Police get to the roots of these various cases so that the perpetrators can be brought to book. Successful trial and sentencing of the perpetrators will serve as a deterrent for those who may have plans for such heinous crimes in the future. It will also further serve to assure Nigerians that justice would always be done, regardless of whose ox is gored. Of course, this will improve public confidence and rating of the Nigerian Police both domestically and internationally.

While we again applaud the federal government for making this timely call for justice, we need to emphasis that this should not be used as a political machinery for witch-hunting government oppositions, as incumbent administrations are wont to do in Nigeria. The Police Force should be left to do their job in this regards. This renewed vigor by the government to allow justice reign should be devoid of all political motivations and inclinations.

We also do not want a situation where the Nigerian Police would parade innocent people as suspects, all in a bid to appear to be working. In as much as these cases need to be revisited and unraveled, the investigations need to be thorough and painstaking, especially considering the fact that most of the trails are now cold. If need be, fresh bounties should be declared for people who may have information that will help the Police in carrying out their investigations.

As much as Nigerians want answers to these murders, we do not want ‘wrong’ or ‘just any’ answer. We want the actual killers and we want true justice. Delayed justice is better than misplaced justice!