The Police Command in Lagos State said that the public should not blame only the police for the large number of inmates in correctional centres across the state.
CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Lagos State, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday.
Adejobi said that apart from the police, seven other individuals and organisations involved in the Criminal Justice Administration were also responsible for the congestion found at the various correctional centres in the state.
“There are: the suspect, the complainant, the police, the bar, the bench, the Directorate of Public Prosecution, the Ministry of Justice, and the Correctional Centres,’’ Adejobi said.
He was reacting to allegations that the police were responsible for the large number of inmates at the centres because they were alleged to be fond of engaging in indiscriminate arrests.
Adejobi, however, said that despite the high number of inmates at the different centres, the command would continue to perform its constitutional responsibilities.
According to him, the police certainly will perform their constitutional duties, hand over suspects to court for prosecution and whatever happens, thereafter, should not be blamed on the police.
“The issue of many cases in Magistrates’ and other Courts are not the faults of the police alone.
“The police work is to arrest and when they had established that a crime had been committed, the police, will charge such suspect(s) to court.
“This also extends to a case of two fighting, except the complainant and the offender decide to settle amicably.
“If the complainant wants to take the case further to court, the police have no fault. They are just performing their duty.”
Adejobi, however, cautioned operatives against unprofessional conduct while carrying out their duties, adding that the command was devising means of resolving some cases out of court.
On the attack on correctional centres, Adejobi said the command was tightening security in and around centres located in Badagry, Ikoyi and Kirikiri to avoid jailbreak.
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