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Monday, 12 August 2019

DEFIANT REBELLIOUSNESS OF SUPPOSED DISCIPLINED/PROFESSIONAL NIGERIAN SECURITY FORCES AND THE JUDICIARY

DEFIANT REBELLIOUSNESS OF SUPPOSED DISCIPLINED/PROFESSIONAL NIGERIAN SECURITY FORCES AND THE JUDICIARY

One unfortunate experience about the rebelliousness of the Nigerian Judiciary is inherent in it's deficient capability and technicality in satisfactorily interpreting it's own laws. The judicial officers have wholistically incorporated treachery and nepotism in their bid to give simple interpretation of the laws they are trained and employed for. Somehow and shamefully too, they seem to have lost touch of the legalities  meant to guide and protect the citizens hence the need to fully get them reminded of their professional duties, ethics and the attached disappointing technical failures. It is really baffling how the Nigerian Judiciary could be blatantly giving support to the bizarre  enterprise of kidnapping of citizens by the officials of the Department of Security Services (DSS) etcetera; and yet be issuing out orders to the same government backed offenders to have their victims detained beyond legally stipulated period. How can a citizen who has not been arraigned in a court of competent jurisdiction be held in custody for forty five days before investigation is fully detailed? Does this shameful act of cowardice, rebelliousness, professional indecency and betrayal portray them as truly having knowledge of the law?

Obviously, the Nigerian Judiciary is presently arson-represented in law. The impending catastrophe dangling over the judiciary is most unavoidably going to befall the judges while they compromisingly maintain sealed lips in their criminal unprofessional support to the prevalent evils of human rights abuses. Advisedly, they should be wary against these gathering thick clouds of brewing judicial crises. There is absolutely no human law that indicts or criminalizes a man that has not yet been tried and found guilty of an offence. This hinges on the legal fact that such an individual is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. The Nigerian judiciary has woefully failed to give interpretation to established laws, thereby instigating grueling and cruel effects on the citizens. The unholy antecedents of the judicial officers have gravely destroyed the reputation the institution has to the detriment of the indigenous population. This has really helped to advance high rate of diverse kind of terro-related activities against the citizens by the security operatives especially, the Nigerian police.

While the judiciary is at war with itself in trying to vet the law, the citizens must share part of the blame for allowing in the first place, the atrocious acts of impunity perpetrated by the Islamic government of Nigeria through the judiciary. The abysmal level of moral decadence in the country today, forms an integral part of the reason behind the imposition of tyranny and terrorism on individuals and communities. The Nigerian citizens have projected deviant acts of negligence towards their own rights and have numerously, stood by in cowardice, watching the oppressors messing up their rights to justice, freedom of expression and association.

The callous attacks brazenly carried out by armed security forces against genuine and rightful protests are indicative of the fact that the experimented political system is under the fistic influence and imposition of dictatorship. Protests are inherently civic rights in a democracy and must have to be upheld, respected and protected against all odds, by the judiciary. Such entails the unhindered will of the citizenry to hold the government and various office holders effectively accountable in their obligated representations. The judiciary should also be made to live up to it's billing for unabatedly allowing infiltration of peaceful protests by different armed security operatives that visit the people with brutality and death.

The Nigerian armed forces must have to be judicially outlawed on matters relating to their interferences in the rights of the indigenous citizens. It is quite unacceptable and it is tantamount to total wastage of citizens welfare as well as socio-economic sabotage. The armed forces are constitutionally empowered to defend and protect the rights of the people and not to get them demonized and killed. Civil protests are part of fundamental rights of citizens and must be accorded due respect except otherwise, when such clearly violets established principles of peaceful expressions.

Therefore, these act as wake up calls to the upcoming generations of indigenous nationalities that are presently studying the precepts of law. They should synergize and put up modalities that will stem the dastardly acts of heightened civil rights violations. The trend of humanitarian abuses has basically no direction or set of individuals it blacklists and if not challenged and totally stopped, it will definitely become a pattern and a catastrophic monster.

Written by Anioke Chukwunonso

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

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