The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has challenged Attorneys General of the 36 states of the Federation to brace up to the challenge of prosecuting criminals arrested in their various jurisdictions, especially terrorists, murderers, kidnappers among others.
This is just as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN revealed that insecurity in any form in any part of the country is an affront to the values sworn to defend and future envision for the country.
In a press statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja by Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice quoted Vice President Osinbajo as saying:
“This is why it is my charge to you to take up this crucial charge of prosecuting criminals arrested in your jurisdiction especially those arrested with killings, terrorism activities and kidnappings.
The Vice President asserted during a High-Level Dialogue with the State Attorneys General and Stakeholders in the justice sector with the Theme: Law, Justice and Security on Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Abuja, it is his view that it should be made priority for criminals to be brought to book and such prosecution publicized to deter others who might want to take to crime to desist from it.
“I think that is right we should make them priority and publicise the prosecutions to deter others who might be minded to go the same despicable way.”
He added that every challenge that has been raised requires commitment and dedication to solving the problems and also if there is a desire the problem is half solved.
Osinbajo charged the legal practitioners to maintain professional integrity in ensuring that justice would be done and that it is important that at the end of the day such professionals are left with their conscience and their God.
On his part, the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami in his speech said that insecurity in any form, in any part of the country, is an affront to the values sworn to defend and future envision for the country.
Malami expatiated on the theme of the dialogue, maintaining that law and security are closely intertwined and should be addressed within the same context.
The AGF noted that it is the law that provides the legal basis for the security architecture of Nigeria through the constitutional duties and obligations to the different tiers of government.
He also firms up the understanding that law plays a critical role through the enactment of appropriation act to fund the security needs of a country and setting standards of accountability and responsibility through appropriate legal instruments.
“It is the duty of the law to ensure that all anti-social actions have consequences and that those consequences are imposed or enforced on deviants.”
He stressed the evil tendencies of Boko Haram terrorist group, farmers/herdsmen clash in the North, kidnapping, human trafficking among others in the south as the nation approaches another general election in 2019.