Ekiti Justice Ministry Moves To Protect Law Officers
Abasi Femi Oguntayo
The Ekiti State Ministry of Justice has established a Law Officers Security Protection Service in the State to ensure officers' safety.
This was made known by the honorable Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of the State, Olawale Fapohunda on Wednesday, 2nd January on his twitter handle @AGWalefapohunda.
In his several tweets he said, "I am pleased to announce this morning, the establishment of a Law Officers Security Protection Service.The Ministry of Justice will continue to work to ensure that threats to Law Officers are quickly assessed and appropriate measures are take.
He stressed further that, "We will not accept that a Law Officer is intimidated or threatened in any way in discharging his obligation to faithfully represent the State Government in any proceedings and before any court in Ekiti State. To that end, I have directed the establishment of a Law Officers Security Protection Service to be coordinated by a Law Officers Security unit within the office of the Solicitor- General & Permanent Secretary (SG/PS), Ministry of Justice.
Fapohunda disclossed that, he had directed the Solicitor General & Permanent Secretary to immediately undertake a review of similar initiatives if it existed within Nigeria and globally, so that the Ministry of Justice, as well as the Nigerian Police and other security agencies in the state, could benefit from a compilation of best practices.
"We must take every step to ensure that our Law Officers never face violent attack for carrying out their duties", he said.
Elaborating more on the activities of the Security Unit, the Attorney General said that the Law Officers Security Unit would be mandated to enhance the safe and secured conduct of judicial proceedings by protecting Law Officers both within and outside courthouses.
According to him, this would be a comprehensive effort accomplished by anticipating and deterring threats to Law Officers and by continuously developing and employing innovative protective tactics.
To achieve this in concrete terms, the commissioner stated that, the ministry would engage the Nigeria Police, State Security Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps on modalities for the implementation of this intervention.