Police men have been
asked to obey the rule of law rather than resorting to self-help.
A Port Harcourt based lawyer and human right activist, Barr. Jackson Assor, who stated this while speaking with The Tide in Port Harcourt on Monday, expressed regrets that policemen were breaking the law with impunity.
Barr. Assor expressed regrets that the police were still meddling with matters strickly under civil jurisdiction.
He said the police had no business in tenancy matters except if there were issues bothering on crime.
The learned gentlemen stated that despite repeated warnings, the police have continued to involve themselves in tenancy matter, and noted that such was a travesty of the law.
Barr. Assor also said that the police were taking liberty for licence as they detained suspects beyond constitutional forty eight hours for which accused person were to be charged to court.
According to him, “the rule of self-help cannot replace of law. Most times when you ask policemen why they are keeping suspects beyond the recommended hours, they simply say they are still investigating. But that really goes against the grain in country, where the rule of law applies. Every where you see a police man he is either breaking the law or aiding someone to break the law.”
He said it was regrettable for the police to aid expatriate to violate traffic regulations. He expatriate violates our laws with impunity while the police connive at it.