By Raymond Osho
ABEOKUTA: The Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Muhammad Abdullahi Gana on Thursday August, 29, 2019 suggested that dispute resolution has the only means of decongesting the Nigerian prisons.
Gana stated this in Abeokuta at the final Refresher Course and Peer Review Session for NSCDC Peace Officers from Southwest, South East and South South Geo-Political zones.
He urged members of the public to shun litigation and embrace mediation as strategies and mechanism for conflict resolution.
The Commandant-General who was represented by the Assistant Commandant-General, Zone F, ACG Shem Obafaiye said the training was necessary to move away from the traditional ways of settling crisis.
He stressed that the corps was committed to securing the lives and property of the people, saying, “If we are to secure the lives and properties of the people, we are to identify the differences among members of the public.”
On the issue of security in the country, Gana insisted that security is the role everybody in the society, saying “We are just pushing it to people carrying gun. If you go to advance country, you will see that they have started teaching people how to handle riffle.”
He then appealed to the government to instigate the teaching riffle carrying in the Nigerian schools, saying, “The fear of people when they see people carrying rifle will quench and the sense of security will be imbibed.”
CG Gana however explained that, about 72,000 cases were resolved between 2018 and 2019, while the sum of N200million was recovered for warring parties.
“The safety of the people is to maintain peace and property of the society. The training was to maintain peace and tranquility in the society.
“The idea was mooted to move away from the traditional ways of settling crisis whereby alternative dispute resolution can used to solve crisis. In 2018, about 35,000 cases was resolved while in 2019 so far, we have recorded 37,000 cases and the Corps has successfully recovered the sum of N200million for the warring groups.
“We believe the only way to decongest our prisons in the country is to shun litigation and embrace peaceful resolution because nobody comes back from court and remain friends.”