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Parading kidnap suspects boosts people’s confidence in police – Alobi

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A retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawrence Alobi, says frequent parading of suspects by the Nigerian Police plays significant role in helping the citizen to have confidence in the law enforcement agency.

Alobi who disclosed this in a chat with The Guardian in Abuja yesterday, said parading of suspects by the police also enable citizens to be informed on the type of crimes being committed by criminals in the society.

He said: “Parading of suspects is key in law enforcement and police investigations, because the citizen needs to be informed on the type of crimes that are being committed, the people involved and the things to do to prevent them.

“It also enables them to know what the police are doing; it is all about accountability, transparency and confidence building.”

According to him, the process also helps the police to inform the general public about their achievement within a particular period.

Speaking on why police have not been able to convict most of the paraded suspects, the former commissioner said, “When a particular case is charged to court, it is no longer under the control of the police. The court now has control over such cases and when you begin to talk about cases in court, it is subjudice, because democracy is all about the rule of law.”

Alobi added: “The judiciary is overloaded, the judges are not many and criminality is on the increase and in most cases when you have the electoral offenses commission, most of the judges are used for these cases and some criminal cases are being suspended. There is also the issue of manpower shortage on the part of the police who are investigating the cases.”


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