FCT Commissioner of Police, CP, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu, said yesterday that the command has secured over 200 convictions in cases of armed robbery and homicide, cheating, theft, house breaking, car theft, forgery of land documents, rape, as well as sale of illegal petroleum products.
Addressing a press conference at the command headquarters, Garki, Inalegwu noted that the police under his command were not just arresting and releasing criminal suspects.
The CP, who clocked one year as the police chief in the seat of power, also revealed that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, has approved the deployment of more lawyers to the legal section of the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, CIID, FCT command.
“Our conviction level is very high. Our cases go to court. Go to the CIID and verify. We are not just arresting and releasing. See the officer in charge of legal for records of convictions. We are doing everything possible to ensure that we eradicate crime in the FCT. Everyday my lawyers are in court. The IGP has deployed more lawyers to the FCT command.’’
Confirming the rate of convictions secured by the command, Officer in Charge, legal section, Chief Superintendent of Police Simon Lough, told Nigerian Pilot exclusively that the command has secured conviction of over 16 persons, who have been sentenced to death for capital cases of armed robbery and homicide.
“Over 200 persons have been convicted within the period. Some were fined and others are serving their jail terms in Kuje, Keffi and Suleja prisons. Some prosecutions are in progress. Don’t forget that ‘one chance’ crime is under robbery and these convictions have reduced the level of crime in the FCT.
“We have few cases of rape. Six were convicted including two pastors. One is serving 14-year jail term in Kuje, while the other is serving 10-year jail term in Keffi. A 56-year old man is serving life imprisonment for raping an 8-year old girl. Two other cases of rape involving two pastors are almost concluded, the duo raped a 13-year old and 9-year old respectively.
Speaking on the deployment of more lawyers to the section, Lough confirmed that the IGP has directed that more lawyers be deployed to the FCT command in view of the administration of the Criminal Justice Act 2015, under Section 106, which prohibits lay police prosecutors from prosecuting cases in court.
Lough said the command is expecting not less than 30 lawyers.

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