Shoot Anyone Trying To Set Suspected Criminals Ablaze, Police Boss Orders Men

Police squadThe Commissioner of Police in Kwara State has ordered police officials to open fire on people trying to set suspected criminals ablaze, in a bid to end jungle justice in the area.

Mr Ambrose Aisabor gave the order while addressing reporters on Friday after the police rescued a sane man accused of being a mad man from a group of people trying to set the man ablaze.

The Police boss’ said that the order was as a result of rampant lynching of innocent people labelled mad men and kidnappers.

The lynching of innocent persons has become rampant after several persons thought to be mad confessed to being kidnappers in neighbouring State.

A man almost lynched, Ademola Olarewaju, told reporters that he escaped being lynched at Ganmo in Ifelodun Local Government Area and denied being a kidnapper

“I was buying a pair of slippers when I was attacked,” he said.

Lynching of suspected criminals, jungle justice, has led to the death of several persons in Nigeria.

One of such was the ‘Aluu Four’ brutal killing of four students of the University of Port Harcourt at Omuokiri Village, Aluu on Friday, October 5, 2012.

The video of the lynching, recorded and uploaded on Youtube, became viral days after the murder of the four students, Ugona Kelechi Obuzor, Biringa Chiadika Lordson, Mike Lloyd Toku and Tekena Erikena.

Nigerians condemned the killing and there have been calls that all that took part in the killing should be made to face the consequences of their actions.

The Police Commissioner’s order to his men, however, may not be justified by the rampant lynching to death of Nigerians who deserve Justice through court process and not jungle justice.

A rights group, Amnesty International, in a report in 2002, accused the Nigeria Police Force of human rights violations .

“There are allegations by national and international human rights organisations and the Nigerian press of excessive use of force, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of suspected criminals and extrajudicial executions by the federal police,” the rights group said in the report.

The Nigerian police denied the allegations.

In another development, the Police in Ilorin also arrested 15 suspects allegedly wanting to set ablaze the family house of a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress in the state, Mr Kawu Baraje.

Parading the suspects caught in Ilorin, the state’s capital, Mr Aisabor, said that a distress call was received on Wednesday that hoodlums were about setting the family house of Mr Baraje, ablaze.

The police intercepted the hoodlums planning to burn down the house at Baboko area of Ilorin and it resulted in an exchange of gunfire that left three people injured and 14 vehicles damaged.

Several dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects after they were arrested.

The police said it had started investigations into the issue to determine why the hoodlums wanted to burn the house.

Rights Commission To Develop Guidelines For Detention Facilities Improvement

Ben Angwe ProfThe National Human Rights Commission in Nigeria has announced plans to develop guidelines for the improvement of detention facilities in police stations across the country.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Ben Angwe, announced the plan while presenting an audit report of its 2013 Police Station Visitation in Abuja on Tuesday.

He decried cases of human rights abuses in many detention facilities, especially police stations.

Professor Angwe promised that the findings of the report would be used to address issues of human rights abuses in police detention facilities.

The visitation to police stations was conducted in line with the national Human Rights Commission’s mandate to inspect prisons, police cells and other detention facilities to ascertain the condition of the facilities.

“We will develop guidelines that will improve the conditions of detention facilities in Police stations across the country and also develop Human rights training for the police based on the areas of challenges that had been identified,” he said.

The Executive secretary of the commission admitted that more work needed to be done to stop human rights abuses in detention facilities.

A representatives of Justice for All and Cleen Foundation, Robim Campbell,  however, commended the Nigeria Police Force for its improved detention facilities.

The chairman of the National Committee Against Torture, Dr Sam Ameh, appealed to Nigerians whose rights were abused to report such cases to the committee.

“If there is a case of torture there is now an avenue for Nigerians to report. Our position is like a semi-judicial organisation. once we get a report, we will investigate and call the police to also investigate to determine who was wrong and recommend prosecution,” he said.

The visitation exercise covered 369 police stations across the six geo-political zones and out of the police stations visited, only 10 had good detention facilities.