The Minister of Interior Designate, Hon Ambrose Dery has stated his abhorrence to crime insisting it should be treated with strong hands.
He also urged that the state treat criminals as such and do so without recourse to their political leanings or affiliation.
According to him, crime will be difficult to handle and dealt with when it is given partisan or political coloration.
Answering questions at the vetting committee of parliament last Saturday, Hon Dery pledged to stem crime with the full force at his disposal when he is approved as the Minister of Interior.
‘’Crime is crime and it should be treated as such without any second thoughts or guesses about who did wrong or whatever’’, the nominee posited.
He stressed, ‘crime should not be treated with political coloration and should be fought at all levels with swiftness’.
He noted with pain how some persons in the past had gone free from prosecution after they were identified to belong to the ruling party, high class in society and other considerations.
The nominee promised to ensure the rights of all citizens were protected and respected at all times so as to help build a safe and secure society.
According to him, the kind of respect the nation accords its citizens goes a long way to influence the level of confidence within the people in abiding by the laws and regulations governing their conduct.
Mr Dery also assured Members of Parliament protection so as to make them more secured in carrying out their mandate.
He agreed that MP’s were citizens but by their work demanded special protection since they represented a large number of people referred to as constituents.
Addressing a question of vigilanteism and the irregular ascendancy of political parties arming their own people to serve as security, Mr Dery noted his commitment to stem the tide.
According to him, security was a shared responsibility but citizens had no right to take the law into their own hands to arm themselves.
He, therefore, urged political parties to have faith in the constitutionally mandated personnel to keep charge over their security.
The nominee, however, assured the citizenry an effective and improved security during his tenure and hoped that the society became better under his stewardship.