VICE President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, February 2, in Abuja, expressed his support for the creation of state police. This, he said, would help in repositioning the courts and the entire judiciary.
Answering questions from participants of Course 25 of the National Defence College, NDC, Abuja, after he delivered a lecture titled: ‘Economic Dimension of the National Security: The Nigerian Experience,’ Osinbajo called for the introduction of state police.
He said: “The criminal justice system as you know is policing, it is prosecution. It touches on our jails and so on. One of the most important things that we have always talked about in criminal justice system is community policing. State police is very important because there is no federation of our size that does not have state police. You need community policing to be able to be more effective just in detection.
“If you look at the countries of the world it is important for there to be a Police force in the local community that is home-grown and understands the language, whereas the army can be a national army because the Army hardly engages itself in internal issues except in extreme situations. The Police cannot afford to be a federal force, there must be a community force. That is one aspect.
“The other aspect of it is the prosecution and detection. Of course there are so many issues around detection which we cannot go into now. Let’s just talk about prosecution.
“The prosecution of cases usually is a state affair and you find that if you have an effective investigation system, prosecutors will usually have good materials to work with but you also need the court system, the court system that is efficient. When a court system is inefficient, it is either for two reasons. One is structural and the other is an administrative issue.
“So, we need to build a system that is based on consequence for misdeeds and rewards for good conduct. Once that is put in place, most people are rational, there is nowhere in the world where people will run around doing what they like and the reason why they don’t is because there is a system in place. But once there is no system or the system doesn’t work they do what they like,” Osinbajo said.
— Feb 13, 2017 @ 01:00 GMT