NAN – A former Commissioner of Police for the FCT, Mr Lawrence Alobi, has said that delaying the prosecution of suspected terrorists would frustrate the ongoing fight against insurgency in the country.
Alobi, who is the Chairman, HI-Tech Security Services and Training Limited, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that delaying the prosecution of suspects would discourage the drive to fight insurgency.
He added that “for us to fight insurgency, delay in trying suspects should be avoided, in fact, it does not add to the impetus in the fight against insurgency.
“Delay in trying cases of insurgency will frustrate the efforts in fighting it.”
The former commissioner said that the trial of suspected terrorists should not go beyond a particular period.
He noted that “when accused persons are in court indefinitely, it does not show the seriousness on the part of government.’’
He attributed the delay in prosecuting cases in courts to frivolous adjournments and request by lawyers.
“It is important for the new administration of criminal justice system to ensure that cases are dispensed within three months.
“If we are able to fight corruption right from the process of investigation and trial, it will make for speedy prosecution of cases,’’ he said.
However, he said, the police have to be thorough, professional to ensure that the accused persons were charged to court with enough evidences.
He added that “in criminal cases, you have to prove the case beyond all reasonable doubt.’’
He said security should go beyond gathering of arms and military operations and urged government to engage sincere persons to dialogue with the insurgents as force may not be able to solve the problem.
“If insurgents come out sincerely to negotiate and make peace, not the faceless groups, there is room for peace.”
Alobi said that unemployment, poverty, bad government, poor infrastructure were human components of insecurity.
He noted that insurgency needed to be addressed holistically from the human and traditional security points of views.
He added that crime control and security management were collective responsibilities of stakeholders and the citizenry.