The United Nations Children’s Fund Representative in Nigeria has urged the federal and state governments to enhance their judicial systems to properly prosecute bandits for their crimes before the courts of law.
Cristian Munduate addressed newsmen in Maiduguri on Friday, August 18, preparatory to World Humanitarian Day commemorating Saturday, August 19.
Munduate lamented the absence of proper prosecution and punishment for bandits for their various crimes against humanity.
“It scares me that bandits are not taken to courts even though they have been assaulting and killing children and women, abducting and raping etc,” she lamented.
“It scares me that no laws are applied to prosecute and punish them,” the UNICEF Representative continued, urging, “If there is any legal process, I think there is a need for proper punishment for these people legally.”
She said, “We have international laws and also a legal system,” adding, “Of course, the country (Nigeria) has its national laws, and these laws have to be applied to prosecute and punish bandits.”
Munduate faulted the relocation method of IDPs to their ancestral communities, which has still not ended the problems of most relocated IDPs.
She suggested that the relocation should be a better-planned process that enables the relocated IDPs to properly rebuild their lives economically.
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