A need for professionalism in our security

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves” - Abraham Lincoln.

One of the most important things that must be safeguarded in our security sector today is professionalism, and this seems very lacking.

It is fundamental because a security that has no due regard for professionalism is bound to fail in their duties. When our men and women are seen in uniforms, all that we expect of them particularly when dealing with the civil society is to ensure maximum professionalism.

The Point has learnt with dismay that its judicial correspondent had been assaulted after having his bag searched by the officer of Police Intervention Unit (PIU), at the High Court, and when nothing was found, his nationality became an issue.

Forcefully dragging Bruce Asemota out of the High Courts’ premises was an absolute sign of lack of professionalism on the side of our security. Mr. Asemota deserves some sense of respect. He reports for The Point from the High Court, and like anybody, he is under the law. But after all, he deserves to be treated with dignity and respect like a decent family man without making his nationality an issue while on an assignment like any other professional.

Our securities must understand the importance of journalists covering the court proceedings; that the press covers the court to ensure transparency in our judicial systems so that the people can have confidence in our justice system. In this regard, the security personnel must be trained to understand the important role journalists play in our national judicial process.

“After given them my press card, one of the officers looked at it and said I was not a Gambian. I told them that what has that got to do with my nationality. Then they said I was rude to them. Therefore, I was not going to enter inside the court room.”

We urge the police to therefore investigate the matter and those responsible face disciplinary measures.

I don’t want to see the military or security falling. I want to see the military or the security rising to dignified heights of professionalism and true patriotism.

Aung San Suu Kyi