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Navy seeks better pact with maritime stakeholders for effective prosecution

By Odita Sunday, Jesutomi Akomolafe (Lagos), Kanayo Umeh, Sodiq Omolaoye (Abuja) and Ayodele Afolabi (Ado-Ekiti)
22 March 2019   |   4:12 am
The Nigerian Navy (NN) is seeking better collaboration and understanding with maritime stakeholders for effective prosecution of pirates and sea robbers.

[FILE PHOTO] Nigerian Navy

• ‘How to attain speedy criminal justice’
• NPF denies alleged involvement in death of civil defence officer

The Nigerian Navy (NN) is seeking better collaboration and understanding with maritime stakeholders for effective prosecution of pirates and sea robbers.

It said that lack of collaboration among relevant government agencies had been the reason why suspects are granted bail in court.

Operations Tactical Commander (OTC) in charge of the 2019 edition of multi-national military exercise, Obangame Express, Commodore Dickson Ikechukwu Olisemenogor, who spoke while addressing journalists on board Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) CENTENARY, said the quest to outsmart one another was affecting seamless prosecution of offenders.

The OTC noted that for business to thrive in the maritime sector, the navy and relevant agencies must adopt a holistic approach to issues relating to crime in the sector.

In another development, the Ekiti State police, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and CLEEN Foundation have said that quick dispensation of criminal justice may never be attained unless stakeholders or actors in the criminal justice system align and work collaboratively.

They stated this yesterday at the Ekiti State working group meeting on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 organised by CLEEN Foundation in conjunction with Mac Author Foundation in Ado-Ekiti.

The Police Commissioner, Mr. Azuquo Amba, represented by the O/C Legal, Mr. Femi Falade, said lawyers were only interested in setting free their accused clients at all costs rather than seeing themselves as ministers in the temple of justice.

The police also faulted the drafters of the ACJA, saying that the drafters of the Act tilted in favour of the accused instead of the innocent victims. He alleged that the Act creates loopholes for criminals to escape justice.

However, Secretary of the NBA Ado-Ekiti Branch, Mr. Dayo Akeredolu, however, agreed with the submission of the police that the ACJA favours the accused than the innocent victims.

Executive Director of the CLEEN Foundation, Benson Oluigbo, said that to realise the objectives of ACJA, all the stakeholders in the judicial system must work together with the interest of the country.

However, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has denied the alleged involvement of its personnel in the death of an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Assistant Superintendent Jumbo Ogah Ochigbo.

But in at a press briefing yesterday, the Spokesperson for the NPF, Frank Uba, at a press briefing yesterday, said the incidents leading to the death of Ochigbo were misrepresented.

He said contrary to claims, the deceased was not arrested by men of the Nigerian police but by traffic wardens stationed at the scene of the incident.

Mba said the deceased was not tortured after he was contravened by the traffic wardens as reported but rather drove himself to the police station to answer the charges levelled against him.