THE Federal Government will destroy the criminal justice system in States if Executive Order 10 is implemented, Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has warned on Monday.
The Executive Order 10 of the Federal Government permits the deduction of funds from each State account to finance the judiciary.
Governor Wike however, said at the 3rd Annual Nigerian Criminal Law Review Conference in Abuja described the Executive Order as being ‘politically motivated’ and geared towards the 2023 general election.
“Independence is not to take resources and preside over award of contract. If you cannot give judgment according to your conscience; if you cannot give judgment according to the law, then there is no independence. And this of course affects the criminal justice system,” Wike said.
The Rivers State Governor said that the Federal Government’s intention was to lure the judiciary to assume it believes in the independence of the judiciary, by enacting Executive Order 10.
Wike also said that politicisation of the issue of Security by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has continued to affect the country’s criminal justice system negatively.
On the Nigeria Police Force, the vociferous former lawmaker said: “The truth of the matter is that with the current strength of the Nigeria Police Force which stands at about 372,000 – the Nigeria Police Force lacks the operational capacity to fulfill its primary or core mandate of crime detection, crime prevention and maintenance of public safety, law and order or protection of lives and property of persons in Nigeria.
“To put it plainly, the Nigeria Police lacks the operational capacity to police the nation which is a federation of about 923.768km (356.669 sqm) with an estimated population of 195.9 million. It is this stark reality that informs call for the establishment of State Police to provide a complementary role to the Nigeria Police Force in crime detection, prevention, and maintenance of law and order.”