The issue of Police arresting gun runners is not new, but the nabbing of some gun runners by men of the Plateau State Police Command last week stands out.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
However, Nigerians are clamouring for more. They equally, are making a case for the swift prosecutions or thorough investigations of suspected criminals, post-arrest.
In recent times, and under the leadership of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Kayode Egbetokun, the Nigeria Police Force’s tireless efforts have been notably effective in apprehending criminals engaged in various nefarious activities, across the length and breadth of the country.
The Police Intelligence Department and Tactical Response Team last week arrested about 67 suspects, including those involved in kidnapping, gun-running, one-chance robbery, and banditry. They recovered 5,454 rounds of live ammunition, 300 live cartridges, 50 empty shells of ammunition, 68 rifles, and 33 different ATM cards.
The feat, undoubtedly, is a testament to the dedication and strategic approach of law enforcement, showcasing the unwavering commitment of the police force to curbing crimes and maintaining community safety.
While applauding these crime-busting accomplishments, it is crucial to consider the next steps to ensure justice serves as a deterrent to potential offenders and criminal-minded persons.
Beyond arrests, there is a need for thorough Police investigations into the root causes and motivations for criminal activities, by Nigerian youths mostly. This will go a long way to curb the perpetration of crimes.
The delay in the immediate prosecution of arrested suspects is a matter of concern, which is not to undermine the complexities of the legal process, but to emphasize the urgency in delivering justice as prompt adjudication of cases related to criminal activities, is crucial for maintaining public trust in the legal system.
In order to prevent innocent victims from being wrongfully accused, investigating officers should adopt a meticulous approach. Utilizing advanced forensic techniques, gathering credible intelligence, and collaborating with relevant agencies are imperative.
A careful examination of identified evidence, coupled with the application of modern technology, will contribute to a more accurate and unbiased investigation process. Regardless of the influence and power a criminal may wield, justice should be made to prevail.
It should be glaringly emphasized that no individual, no matter how influential, should be above the law. Law enforcement agencies should remain committed to upholding justice, irrespective of external pressures.
The fight against crime is not, and will never be a stroll in the park. But it is winnable, especially by the time crime offenders are diligently prosecuted to send a strong message to their ilks.
Haroon Aremu, a NYSC member with PRNigeria center Abuja.