The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, on Friday lamented the increasing spate of violence across the country, saying it is “working hard to stem the gradual descent to anarchy by diligently prosecuting all those indicted for civil disturbances to serve as deterrence.”
The Minister made this declaration in a speech he presented at a valedictory court session that was organized in honour of the retiring Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher.
According to him, “May I also use this auspicious occasion to re-iterate government’s commitment to the war against corruption and our collective determination to prosecute the war within the confines of the rule of law. To this end, government has concluded arrangements to commence the prosecution of those recently indicted in the fuel subsidy probe report and the charges arising from the investigation conducted by relevant law enforcement agencies will be filed very soon.
“Efforts are also being made to strengthen our institutions and processes to prevent future occurrence as well as curb corruption.”
Meanwhile, shortly after the AGF finished his speech, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, descended heavily on the Federal Government, saying it has completely failed in its statutory duties of protecting lives and properties of its citizenry.
In an address presented by its National President, Chief Joseph Bodunrin Daudu, SAN, the NBA maintained that “it is settled law that the state in exchange for the Peoples obedience is enjoined to protect their lives and property.”
“The Nigerian Bar Association deeply commiserates with not only the Government and People of Plateau State but with all Nigerians over the premeditated killing of defenceless civilians by unknown armed men in Riyom and other villages of Plateau State where hundreds of men, women and children were massacred in cold blood.
“May God Almighty grant the souls of these defenceless Nigerians rest in perfect peace: This is not the first time that Nigerians are being subjected to such attacks; the question to ask is where were those that are charged to protect the lives and property of Nigerians when these attacks and crises occur?
“There has been a palpable failure to protect the lives of Nigerians by the State from internal strife or external aggression. Where the latter is the case, Nigerian State is entitled to proceed on hot pursuit of the aggressors and murderers of our people even as far as into other sovereign territories.
“However, none of the foregoing has happened to restore the faith of Nigerians in the ability of government to provide safety and security. Nature abhors a vacuum. Government must take decisive steps to remedy this alarming state of insecurity.”
Meantime, both the AGF and the legal body, yesterday, extolled the virtues of the outgoing CJN who they said deserved rest after about 44 years of service to the legal profession.