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In finding solutions to where we find ourselves in crime-fighting, as a country today, I will deliberately not include the nitty-gritty of the strategies to combat crime. It is not what should be discussed in the public domain, because we must appreciate that criminals are also interested in the offensive by the Police so that they can plan how to neutralize anti-crime activities.

Suffice it to say that government must play a leading role. Security strategizing and its provision anywhere in the world, particularly in developed countries, is a serious business for experts and not an all-comers affair. That is why in my view, past efforts at convoking Security Summits by Federal and State governments, other stakeholders had not added any value to the approaches to control crime. Of course, it is capital intensive. For the government to create adequate capacity for the Police to be able to control crime effectively and efficiently, they must require a technology-driven approach which the present annual budgetary allocation cannot accommodate. That is why the Police Trust Fund Act must of necessity compel men of character and proven integrity to handle its affairs. Its operations must, therefore, transcend political considerations and bickering. Government must find the nerve to put the best materials on the job. For purpose of emphasis, the government must allow for some measure of independence for the Police to operate. We must all appreciate that security is the foundation on which all aspects of the nation rest.

Importantly, it is indisputable that since this Republic took off in 1999 to date, no Police officer has been appointed as the Minister of Police Affairs. I believe that this fact derives from the absolute contempt with which successive governments hold retired Police officers. And it is unfortunate. It is my humble belief that what compels the appointment respectively of Ministers of Defence, Health and Justice to be Military officers, Doctors and Lawyers should of essence compel the appointment of retired Police Officers as Minister of Police Affairs. Come to think of it, a retired Police officer is better positioned for the job as he is already familiar with the terrain and the working environment of the Police.

Today, one of the factors that tend to increase the criminality in the country, particularly among the youths is the high rate of unemployment. Government is trying within the available resources to provide jobs for the unemployed but methinks that this merely scratches the problem. Government should concentrate on the provision of infrastructure like roads, power, water, etc. that has the potential to promote the growth in the activities of the Private sector leading to expansion in their operations and ultimately creating room for employment opportunities to be generated.

The Inspector-General of Police leading a change of effect in Police operations must assert himself and introduce new reforms within legal and constitutional frameworks to purge Nigerians of impunity, lawlessness and recklessness. Today such acts as the indiscriminate use of sirens, operating vehicles with defaced and no number plates must be checked and caged. He does not require any new law to deal with this scourge. In this new drive, he must draw the immediate attention of the government to and the procurement and use of scanning equipment; strengthening the Animal Department, particularly the Dog Section and the Central Criminal Registry, taking advantage of biometric facilities. He must lead his Command officers to dig deep into the pool of retired Police Officers and men for enhanced results. Even though Nigerians may continue to deride and hold Police officers and men in contempt, I believe that we have a crop of retired Police officers who can still play active and useful roles in policing in Nigeria. I recommend that Security Committees be set up at the following three levels:

FHQ Level to be chaired by a retired Inspector-General of Police with six members drawn from retired Assistant and Deputy Inspectors-General of Police to regularly advise the Inspector-General of Police.

SHQ Level to be chaired by a retired Commissioner of Police with six members drawn from retired Assistant and Deputy Commissioners of Police to advise the Commissioner of Police in the State.

Divisional Police Level to be chaired by a retired Chief Superintendent of Police with six members drawn from retired chief Superintendent of Police, Superintendent of Police and Deputy Superintendent of Police to advise the Divisional Police Officer.

The Committees so set up should not be another level of bureaucracy. They should operate behind the scene, acting only in advisory capacity devoid of any executive, operational and administrative responsibilities on the level of policing it operates.

On a general note, the issue of restructuring which has become louder by the day should attract the attention of the government. And the issue of the introduction of State Police must by extension, be given appropriate attention.

Finally, it is important for Nigerians to appreciate the fact that we may have all the technology and the capacity required by the Police for enhanced and efficient law enforcement, the truth is that law enforcement becomes relatively easier and effective where the majority of citizens obey the laws by impulse, cooperate and support the law enforcement agencies. Justice untainted encourages this patriotic zeal in citizens. However, this zeal diminishes where equals are treated unequally and unequal are treated equally.

In Nigeria today, the level of impunity, lawlessness, recklessness, corruption and other negative attitudes derive from seeming injustice that pervades society today. And unfortunately, the negative effect has continued to be on the increase and thus stretching the Police and other security agencies beyond their capabilities, thus creating the Achilles heals to whatever efforts are put in place. In the final analysis, it is society that suffers the consequences.

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Adetuyi is a lawyer and retired Commissioner of Police.




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Cursach corruption case in Spain’s Mallorca suspended and could be thrown out

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THE Cursach corruption case has been suspended and is at risk of being annulled.

The case, which started on June 13 at the Provincial Court of Palma and was predicted to last up to 10 months, making it the longest trial in Balearic island history, has been dragging on since he was first arrested in 2017.

The case centres around the nightlife tycoon who went on to be the main investor in Mallorca Football Club, Bartolome Cursach, and his alleged ‘collusion’ with local police and polititians for the benefit of his business interests. 

Along with Cursach, the trial has been investigating 22 others including 14 police officers, two officials and one other official accused of a range of crimes from belonging to a criminal organisation, prevarication and threats. 

A series of acquittals on the opening day of the trial brought this number down to 17. Private prosecutions were dropped against six of  the accused, including the director of Tito’s nightclub and a former director-general of tourism at the Balearic tourism ministry, Pilar Carbonell.

The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor believes the rights of those being investigated were violated, although he does not consider it enough to annul the whole case. 

The defence has been calling for annulment since the trial started, mainly due to Judge Manuel Penalva and Prosecutor Subiran being accused of breaking the law during investigations, as well as vagueness in what exactly Cursach is being accused of.

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Sex offender arrested for luring teen in car, assaulting them

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JAMESTOWN, N.D. (Valley News Live) – A convicted sex offender is back in jail after police say he lured a teen into his car and then sexually assaulted them.

Jamestown Police say on Tuesday, June 28, they responded to a report of a sexual assault by a 17-year-old. The victim says they were walking around Klaus Park when someone pulled over and offered them a ride. Officials say the victim then got in the vehicle.

Authorities say the driver, 71-year-old Thomas Remmick of Jamestown, then drove the victim around town and sexually assaulted them.

Remmick was later arrested for corruption or solicitation of a minor, sexual assault and failing to register as a sex offender.

A check of North Dakota’s sex offender registry shows Remmick was convicted of gross sexual imposition in 2015 and solicitation of a minor in 1995.

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Police shootings of civilians is a sociological spin-off of decades of negative political culture

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Dear Editor,

The Guyana United Artists categorically condemns the use of the right to peaceful protest to rob, loot, and beat innocent civilians and the willful destruction of property. There were many incidents of police shootings of civilians but it has never degenerated into what we have witnessed recently on the East coast. Given the double standards of Guyanese Society, we are not going to see that what transpired was a sociological spin-off of the decades of the negative political culture nurtured by the PNC and PPP that has produced hatred and contempt between the major ethnic groups. The politicians who were in complicity with the CIA that resulted in the murder of well over 1700 Guyanese were never brought to trial and of the brutal murders that took place during 2002-2014.

As a nation, we are conditioned to live with state-sponsored violence which has political implications. The most recent being the Cotton Tree murders, which for four days sent shock waves throughout the entire country, in which innocent Guyanese of Indian descent were beaten and robbed. The murders were not of political origin, rather it came 34 days after the PPP took office and it bore the features of post-election violence, prevalent in Guyanese electoral history given the sensitivity of race and the experience of the past. The PPP did not change its approach to Guyana’s politics, the notion of race/class and loyalty to the party is the political yardstick whereby a small group is rewarded as in the distribution of flood reliefs and the giveaway of GUYD$1 Million each to 30 persons under what has been referred to as a Cultural and Business Award is scandalously and corrupt as if we aren’t all Guyanese and have a right to benefit from the wealth generated from our mineral resources extraction, oil/gas blocks.

The underlying factor that 215,000 Guyanese who voted for the APNU+AFC are sidelined is going to have steep repercussions because people are not going to sit back and see their families suffer while the PPP is enjoying themselves and can be seen dancing on Social Media. By their own actions, overcome by greed and corruption, their display of arrogance, disrespect, and contempt for Guyanese is going to backfire, turning the table unfavourably upon themselves.

Sincerely,

Desmond Alli

General Secretary

Guyana United artists (GUA)


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