Following the attacks on Courts by hoodlums across the Country, the Chief Justice of Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola has pleaded with the state’s Police command to increase their security consciousness around the various courts in the state.
According to the CJ, there was need for synergy between the prison authority and the Police force to beef up security when hardened criminals are being brought to court.
He said that the prison officers lack capacity to effectively secure the prison without the assistance of the police, noting that, cases of jail break are rampant because of the lack of the synergy.
Justice Daramola said this while playing host to the Police Commissioner, Wilson Inalegwu in his office at the High Court Complex in Ado-Ekiti.
Justice Daramola told the Commissioner of Police that he was contemplating visiting him to relay the message of his colleagues on the need to increasing the security in Courts, because of the recent experiences in Imo and Kogi States, when the Commissioner came calling.
“We really need Police protection. Please help us in this regard. It is not only the police that criminals look at with disdain. They also look at us with disdain as well.
“Things have not been the same between the police and the Prison authority since they started carrying arms. The Prison people must allow the police to assist them,” he said.
In his reply, CP Inalegwu said with the security challenges posed by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents and the attacks on courts and other security threat, there was a need for all the stakeholders in the security sector and the judicial officers to brainstorm and fashion out security model that could protect court.
He also said that the importance of cordial relationship between the police and the judiciary can not be over emphasised in the administration of justice.
“ If the police arrest, they cannot keep suspect for too long. They need the judiciary to prosecute the suspects. So Judiciary is not only the hope of the common man, but the hope of the police.
“We usually asked the Prison people to alert us when they are talking hardened criminals to the court, but we don’t get to know about it. We have written to the Comptroller of Prison about this.’’