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Police Officer enlightens Catholic men’s group on bail procedures, criminal justice matters

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BY SUNNY A. DAVID, AWKA

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Central Police Station, Onitsha, Anambra State, Mr. Rabiu Garba, has engaged with the Catholic Men Organization (CMO), of St. Augustine’s Catholic Parish, Omeife 3’3, Nkwelle-Ezunaka, Oyi Local Government Area, educating them on essential aspects of the Criminal Justice System, including Bail Procedures, Legal Rights, and Responsibilities.

This Community outreach initiative aimed to promote understanding and collaboration between law enforcement and the public, fostering a more informed and harmonious society.

Speaking as a guest lecturer, the DPO disclosed that there are three types of bails which the public should be aware of and know when they are applicable.

According to him, the three included, Police bail, Court bail and Appeal Court bail, stating that in the Police bail case, that bail is free.

“Bail is free in the Police bail and any rank and file that insists on money for bail, try and get to the DPO. There is no section of the law that authorized Police to take bribe.

“However, because of the meagre salary payment some take home, they take bribe at their own risk. Also if you are not granted bail when it is a bailable offence, under human right justice system, you can get to a magistrate court for bail if it is not granted to you by the Police,” he stated.

On the issue of holding a proxy responsible for an offence he did not commit, the DPO stated that it is illegal to do so, maintaining that only those who commit the offence should be held responsible.

“But in the case of a minor committing an offence, it is the parents of the minor that should be held responsible because they should have ensured that they monitor and prevent the minor from committing the offence as he is ignorant of the dangers or outcome inherent in it,” he further explained.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Mr. Vincent Ezekwueme, who also represented the State Commissioner for Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Mr Tony Ifeanya, also spoke on the theme, “The role of Fathers in Families and Church”.

According to Mr. Ezekwueme, the topic is most apt and appropriate now that majority of Christian fathers have neglected the roles expected of them to play, stating that fathers as leaders must lead by example.

He disclosed that 40 awardees were honoured for their tremendous contribution towards the development of the church and advised the awardees to continue to live a life worthy of emulation.

The Chairman CMO, St Augustine Parish, Mr. Francis Nnaji Agidi, thanked the DPO for the lecture, adding that he has taught them what they did not know.

He advised fathers to take good care of their families stating, “every father should put more effort as human being to make sure his children, wife are well behaved both at home and in society.”

Rev. Fr. Fidelis Chiefe, Parish Priest, expressed gratitude, saying, ‘By God’s grace, I’ve been here almost seven months, and today’s event exceeded my expectations; the preparations were meticulous. I commend everyone’s efforts and give thanks to God for this blessing.

“Fathering Sunday is a celebration which the church encourages and also holds it in calendar months so that the fathers will come and reflect on their role as fathers both in the family and in church because they are pillars, they contribute to the church and family.

“It is a welcome event, we appreciate it, our young married men will be inspired by the elderly ones so that they will queue up and follow their lives to build up their families, because family is a nuclear church.

“I advise the fathers to never see this as a social celebration, there must be a difference from something that is done outside the church and the one done inside the church, so they should see the spiritual aspect of the celebration and by observing that it will help them to know their role in the families as fathers,” the Cleric stated.

Onowu Martin Nwammadu expressed his delight, saying, ‘since our parish was established, this is the first time we’ve experienced an event like this. I’m thrilled to be alive to witness it, and I thank God for this blessing.

He thanked the DPO for the lecture and prayed God to bless him more and he also appreciated Rev Fr Fidelis Chiefe for his tremendous work in the parish, advised the fathers to take the lessons being taught to their various families for the good of the society.

The event featured cutting of cake, presentation of awards to 40 deserving parishioners, cultural dance by CMO, presentation of Ndi Igwe by each zone of the 7 zones that make up the parish, among others.

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