Release everyone arrested for looting COVID-19 palliative in Nigeria at the time of riot

Release everyone arrested for looting COVID-19 palliative in Nigeria at the time of riot

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Olayemi Akinwunmi started this petition to Nigerian government and

The problem of reintegration is also another reason for this humble appeal. Overtime the Nigerian society has struggled to genuinely accept ex-convicts back into society and help them reintegrate. The Nigerian prison can do a lot to an average mind so you can imagine the psychological effect it will have on someone who would be imprisoned because he allegedly looted a carton of noodles out of hunger. Securing a job in the country has never been this difficult; with over 65% of our youth unemployed despite the number of available graduates, the conditions for securing a job gets tighter daily so one can only imagine as well what the fate of an ex-convict would be in the Nigerian job market. It will take only a miracle for him to get one and in a case where he doesn’t he becomes susceptible to go back into crime and this will take its fair toll on the general public.

Prosecuting these suspects on the matter of looting and vandalism seems like the right thing to do, at least for now but the long term effects of such mass incarceration will be devastating for the country. The economy is obviously too fragile for such effect, the Nigerian police and the society at large will be overwhelmed at the result in a few years time when these people start coming out. They might be going in as just looters but a few years in a Nigerian prison might turn most of them to potential armed robbers and capable of even worse crimes by the time of their release.”

The group explained that its open letter is an urgent plea and counsel to the Nigerian government; it also considered it a timely call to powerful civil unions, well-meaning citizens and organizations devoted for national development to join forces and lend their voices and like opinions to appeal to the relevant authorities on the matter. To carefully ponder on the points highlighted in the letter and act accordingly to support the struggle in making the country a better place. According to them; …“withdrawing the charges against the culpable looters is of best interest to the country; they could be profiled and made to pay back in one way or the other, they could be placed on mandatory community service but must not be incarcerated as we shouldn’t add more burdens on the already heavy shoulders of the Nigerian state.”

The group ended its letter by commending the efforts of some well-meaning Nigerians and state governments who have shown interest in assisting victims of vandalism whose place of businesses were destroyed. They also implored the federal government to step in and do more to that regard, and equally charged citizens to continue to be law-abiding as we all work towards archiving the nation of our dreams.

https://magazine.pralarg.org/2020/11/02/do-not-send-looters-to-jail-group-warns/

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