- The Nigeria Police have been cautioned against the use of media trial in the ongoing investigation on killing of three officers in Taraba state
- A group alleged that the Nigeria Police has embarked on media with the motive of influencing the outcome of the reports of the investigative panel on the matter
- According to the group, media war between two government agencies presents the country as divided and is uncalled for
A group has cautioned against the use of media trial by the Nigeria Police in the ongoing investigation of the killing of three officer by some soldiers along Ibi-Wukari road in Taraba state.
The Good Governance and Leadership Project in Nigeria (GGLPN) alleged that the Nigeria Police has embarked on media with the motive of influencing the outcome of the reports of the investigative panel on the matter.
The GGLPN said the Police kept on with its onslaught against the Army and even took an awkward step by leaking the progress being made in the investigation to the media.
In a statement signed by GGLPN's president, Whyte Odili, the group said such media trial can only truncate the exercise in a way that the eventual culprits may evade justice.
Odili urged the law enforcement agency to stop its ongoing media trial and campaign of calumny against the Army and instead allow the law take its course.
He also warned he Police that any attempt to influence the outcome of the investigative panel would be met with stern resistance.
Odili noted the interventions made by specific individuals and organizations that sued for a ceasefire to the media war that erupted between the Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Army. GGLPN refrained from joining these calls for a ceasefire at that time because we believe that that the point has been made by all those that had intervened.
He said the media war between two government agencies, albeit over a tragic incident, presents the country as divided and is therefore uncalled for.
"It is disconcerting that the seeming unilateral cessation of hostile communication on the part of the Nigeria Police Force against the Nigerian Army has again resumed. Perhaps worse than the first phase of media war, the nature of activities being implemented by the Nigerian Police or by its proxies are detrimental to the country in the long term," Odili said.
Citing that the dangers associated with the media trial, the group said it believes that the Nigerian Police should desist from its campaign of calumny against the Nigerian Army through its provocative and irrational statements since the aftermath of the unfortunate incident in Taraba state.
"The Nigerian Police must realize that the president and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces have directed that action be taken on the matter and it consequently behooves on it to stop further dramatizing of the whole issue," Odili said.
He called on the Nigerian Army to continue to refrain its officers and men from having any confrontation with police officers around the country despite any form of high level provocation.
"The Investigative panel is also enjoined to carry out a thorough investigation by not leaving any stone unturned as this is necessary to put paid to various speculations and narratives that have taken centre stage in recent times."
"The Good Governance and Leadership Project in Nigeria wishes to assure the families and relatives of those involved that justice would be served at the end of the investigative panel," the group said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army had warned soldiers against traveling on their uniforms.
The Army in its directive also caution soldiers in their dealings with officers of the Nigeria Police since the killing of three cops and a civilian in Taraba state by some Army personnel.
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