Police capacity and integrity on trial over Mohbad – CSOs

Police capacity in Question over Mohbad's Unsolved Murder

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admin September 22, 2023
Updated 2023/09/22 at 8:51 AM
Highlights
  • Civil society groups have expressed skepticism about the police's ability
  • Are police methods possessed of a professional focus
  • Or are they available for hire

Amidst the chaos of protests and demands for an investigation into the mysterious death of music star Mohbad, civil society groups have expressed skepticism about the police’s ability to uncover those responsible for his demise.

The shocking death and hasty burial of Mohbad last week caused public outrage after distressing videos and a petition threatening his life were leaked on social media. These incidents followed alleged altercations and assaults inflicted on Mohbad by his former record label owner and popular musician Naira Marley.

In response to the widespread demands for justice from ordinary Nigerians and celebrities, the police have introduced a team of skilled detectives to examine the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s

Additionally, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has requested the involvement of the Department of State Services (DSS) in the investigation of the 27-year-old singer’s death, as reported by DAILY POST on Tuesday.

The police have already announced that an autopsy has been conducted on the deceased artist, with Mohbad’s body being exhumed earlier in the week. Despite these assurances from the police, civil society groups have raised concerns about the effectiveness, capability, and trustworthiness of the Nigeria Police in unraveling the complexities surrounding Mohbad’s death.

Okechukwu Nwanguma, an activist and the executive director of the Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), stated on Tuesday that Mohbad’s case and others bring forth important questions that need to be thoroughly examined.

Some Questions

“Is the Nigeria Police, as an institution, functional and ruled by professionalism and discipline? Does it have a track record for being prompt, thorough, impartial, honest, transparent, fair and diligent, in handling crimes and other incidents?”

“Considering the actions, inactions and the body language of the police hierarchy regarding certain past and recent cases, additional questions would be: does service discipline still exist within the NPF?

“Are police methods possessed of a professional focus, forensic capabilities and the determination and commitment to unravelling truth and evidence which could aid effective prosecution of crime and the achievement of conviction?

“In the course of handling cases, are the Nigeria Police known to stick to due process and uphold the rule of law? Are NPF investigating officers focused on and capable of delivering justice without bias?

“Or are they available for hire, inclined to pervert justice and sell justice to the highest bidder?”

Nwanguma, in a statement sent to DAILY POST, examined several cases that shed light on the Nigerian police’s poor judgement and lack of thorough investigation.

In relation to the Mohbad case, new documents have surfaced revealing that the late singer filed a complaint with the FCID Annex in Alagbon, Lagos State, citing threats to his life, intentional damage, assault, and mistreatment by a music promoter named Samson Balogun (also known as Sam Larry) and others.

According to the petition dated June 27, 2023, Mohbad alleged that Sam Larry and a group of 15 armed individuals barged into a video shoot location where the deceased and another artist named Omoniyi Temidayo (known as Zlatan Ibile) were present, and proceeded to intimidate them with the intention of causing havoc

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