The Muslim rights concern (MURIC) complained on Tuesday about the prolonged delay in dispensing justice in Nigeria.
The Islamic human rights organization, therefore, asked the Federal Government to expedite action on the long-awaited reform of the Nigerian judiciary.
The call was made in a press release issued daily by the Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Tuesday.
The organization regretted the delays in the criminal justice system that allows criminals who have confessed to continue “maradonizing” law enforcement officers and years after their arrest.
MURIC continued: “How can a known kidnapper like Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, popularly known as Evans, continue to appear in court years after his famous arrest?
“It is pure gymnastic procrastination. Many things are wrong with our judicial system. Evans was arrested on June 11, 2017. This is September 2019. It has been two years for crying out loud and he may still be in court for the next six years.
“This is a man who confessed several high profile kidnappings, including murder. What do you do between transfers between courts and detention?
Evans’s house is worth N130 million. It has two houses in Magodo, Lagos and two other duplexes in Ghana worth N15 million each. Evans’s wristwatch costs 170 thousand dollars and its net worth is estimated at N2.2 billion.
“Like Evans, the kidnapper of the State of Taraba, Hamisu Bala, also known as Wadume, can be judged to infinity if care is not taken. Wadume, whose first arrest on August 6, 2019, caused the unfortunate death of three police officers due to inter-agency betrayal, was arrested again on August 20, 2019. Another big fish in the kidnapping profession, Bello Audu AKA, of 40 years. The “Yellow Commander”, who was arrested on September 12, 2019, is also expected to enjoy the luxury of a prolonged hearing if poor court filing is something that must happen. This delay is nauseating.
“The same goes for corrupt politicians where cases go on for years. Isn’t it a shame that the cases of 16 former governors still persist in court since 2007? That’s a whopping 12 years! To make matters worse, some of them have disputed two or three times and have won seats in the Senate while their cases go on in court. Equally worrisome is the fact that almost everyone claims a medical condition or another and requests treatment abroad.
“This mocks not only the judicial system but also the war against corruption. Seeing these former governors challenge the courts encourages other politicians to steal public money.
“Although MURIC does not deny that suspects and criminals have certain rights, we maintain that it is counterproductive for the judicial system to dignify confessed criminals with prolonged cases and” executives. “Delays in trial embolden criminals. Both criminals and Corrupt politicians exploit the various loopholes of the system for their own benefit and hide behind legal technicalities, thus creating the impression of ineptitude on the part of the judiciary.
“It is also a shame that Nigeria suffers the desertification of conscientious lawyers. The speed with which our lawyers are launched to defend criminals constitutes a stain on the integrity of that noble profession. The speed with which they take cases of people of extremely low morale is quite disturbing. It is an important impediment to the elimination of crime in Nigerian society.
“The indifference of past regimes for job creation, particularly the Isonian ideology of” stealing is not corruption “has created an economic disaster that cannot be cleaned up quickly. Jonathan turned the institution of national honors into a jamboree for international rogues and politicians “fantastically corrupt.” This is exacerbated by the phenomenon of religious charlatanism by which licensed thieves, recognized armed thieves, established kleptomaniacs and registered kidnappers receive front-row seats in churches and become turbans. In the mosques.
“MURIC is aware that the Buhari administration has introduced several economic measures to reduce poverty. However, we believe that the Puritan regime of President Muhammadu Buhari can still do more to stop the crime wave. Fewer young people will be tempted to commit a crime if the government can reduce hunger on earth.