The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris who was on a working visit to Lagos has pressed for a need for the Federal Government to create a special court for the speedy trail of suspected kidnappers who are currently being held and interrogated in police formations across the country.
The Police boss fielding questions from newsmen at a one day public lecture held at the convention center of Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos said the Force is working assiduously in tackling kidnapping issues and other violent crimes in the country.
He said the creation of more Area Commands and building of more Police Mobile Squadron Units in various part of the country will help bridge the gap between Police and the public, and in fighting crime and criminality across board.
Idris who decried the long time it takes to prosecute an accused suspect, said if the period is shortened to within a month or two and people are sentenced, things would take their normal shape. “as I speak now, we have over 1000 kidnappers in Police custody nationwide, I have suggested it in different fora to have a change in legislation, probably creating a special court for kidnapping and limiting the period of trial for suspects; so if we can have this innovation attached to the issue of kidnapping, I believe it will become a thing of the pass”, IGP Idris concluded.
Responding to question on when ‘Evans’ the notorious billionaire kidnapper would be charge to court, IGP Ibrahim said, “I assure you, it will be very soon”.
IGP Ibrahim Idris said with the support of the National Assembly in passing the bill of Police Reform Trust Fund the Force will be able to tackle whatever challenges it encounter, he call on Traditional rulers and residents to cooperate with the Police in fighting crime and criminality.
- Marcel Samuel