Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Umar Muri, who is in charge of Zone 13 Ukpo, said that crime grows because criminals can’t get justice.
The AIG said this at a party for him, led by the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, to celebrate his retirement from the Force.
Many of Muri’s subordinates at the event said that he was an honest police officer. Muri had been a police officer for 32 years.
Muri spoke at the event and said that the main reason he joined the police was to help get justice for Nigerians. He regretted that, even though the police are the first step in getting justice for people, the slow pace of trials has made it impossible to get justice for many criminals.
He said that putting criminals in jail would make other people think twice about joining criminal groups.
He said, “When I talk to my subordinates, I always tell them to make sure justice is done, no matter who is involved.
“The Nigeria Police Force is the first step in delivering justice, but it takes a long time for justice to be done in the court system. Once a judge is moved, cases can’t move forward and crime keeps getting worse. But if people get what’s coming to them, it might make others think twice.”
When he talked about his career, Muri thanked God, saying that he was thankful to God that he had been able to serve and retire with honor.
“I began my service here in Anambra, and I’ll end it here as well. I don’t regret being a police officer in Anambra State or in the police force in general. I didn’t join the police for the money; I did it because I wanted to help people.
“I quit my job as a legal advisor at the Nigeria Ports Authority. I left my job as a level 10 officer to become a level 9 officer in the police, so I could do my job better.
“Both the police and the courts need to do their jobs very well. We can make the country better if justice is always done within three months.”
He also told younger officers, “Serving a poor man is the worst wrong you can do. If you do something wrong to a rich person, he will use his money to open other doors to get justice, but a poor person will just say, “God punish you,” and God will definitely punish you.
“When you work for a higher-ranking police officer, take on their good habits and leave the bad ones. Being a police officer is a great job, and it’s the easiest way to do the right thing.
CP Echeng Echeng, who is in charge of the police in Anambra State, was one of the officers who praised Muri.
“Today is a very emotional day, especially for us in the zone and the Anambra State command. This man joined the police force because he loved it, and he did a great job.
“He worked hard to make the police what they are now, and we ask younger officers to follow in his footsteps.”