Citizens, Media and Crime Fighting.
“The fate of the nation then lies in the hands of the faithful” Time Magazine, September 26, 2011. Page 27.
Greater number of Nigerians (home and abroad), have risen in unison to condemn the Abia State University gang rape. Also the Nigerian media have shown tremendous support to make sure the animals (rapists) are apprehended. The pressure from Nigerians and the Nigerian media have led to the arrest of some suspects in the rape case. Though the police is yet to give details of the arrested suspects, the writer urges Nigerians to keep the pressure. Permit me to use this medium to ask Nigerians to volunteer information that will lead to the arrests and prosecution of the remaining rapists and other criminals. An injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere. What affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Therefore, Nigerians owe each other the duty to cooperate in the fight against crimes.
One thing has caught my attention in the case of the Abia State University gang rape, and that is the unity amongst many Nigerian media house, online blogs, internet forums etc to catch these culprits. While fighting to make sure justice is done, the writer appeals to Nigerians, Nigerian media, NGO’s etc to adopt this approach in other crime fighting strategies. The media has a bigger to role play. First by alerting the public of criminals, by published their names and pictures. Secondly, by calling on law enforcement agencies, to act. Thirdly, keeping pressure on the law enforcement agencies and the legal system to make sure justice is done.
Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians. If the citizens do not watch over their city, the police men/women stay awake in vain. And let’s remember what Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. More so, “The fate of the nation then lies in the hands of the faithful” Time Magazine, September 26, 2011. Page 27. It will definitely be a good idea for fellow citizens to keep surveillance and spy on people whose motives and movements appear suspicious. No price is too much to pay for our security. May God Bless Nigeria.
Chinedu Vincent Akuta.
An Activist and Citizens Journalist.