The Nigerian Judiciary has been urged to use the Nigerian legal system to identify and punish perpetrators of murder and other crimes.
Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami made the call at a two-day emergency dialogue on Law, Justice and Security in Abuja, Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said that law and security were closely intertwined and must be addressed within the same context.
The minister expressed concern over the issue of insecurity in the country particularly the killings in Plateau state, North Central Nigeria and other parts of the country. Mr Malami explained that as administrators of law, there was the need to identify the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and apply punishments in accordance with the laws irrespective of religious and ethical background of perpetrators.
“Government will constitute a standing committee to coordinate, synergise and collaborate by designing a legal response to the security challenges in the country,” he stated
Mr Malami also cautioned participants not to rush to ascribe religious connotations to acts of criminality before investigation which he said would deepen the national fault lines.
The two-day meeting which had in attendance, state Attorney generals from the 36 states of the country was expected to examine the role of the judiciary in addressing the current security challenges facing the country and proffer appropriate solutions.