Sunday, February 5, 2023

Experts seek split of police for adequate security

While that is being considered, some experts called for strengthening Nigeria’s security architecture and recruiting more personnel into the police and armed forces.

• October 1, 2022
Police Officer
Police Officers used to illustrate the story [Photo Credit: EWN]

Some security experts have called for splitting the Nigeria Police Force into federal, state and local government organisations in the interest of national security.

The experts made the call in separate interviews on the security situation in the country as it celebrates its 62nd Independence Day.

Dennis Amachree, a retired director at the Directorate of State Security, said such an arrangement would create a secret police system in the nation’s interest.

Mr Amachree said Nigeria was doing well after independence until the military ventured into the political space.

“It is pertinent to note that in restructuring the police system, relevant laws should be created to define the roles and responsibilities of each level of policing.

“Federal and state laws should be well-defined and strictly enforced by the federal police.”

He said the same should go for local governments and even densely populated cities that could afford their own police organisations.

Another expert, Folorunsho Attah, said at 62 years of independence, Nigeria had grown worse in terms of security.

“Corruption is a factor hindering our security prospects. I believe it is on Boko Haram, ISAWP and other uprisings.

“The craving for wealth by everyone in the country further hampered our security.

“For an improved security situation, there should be re-orientation of everyone on the importance of security,” he said.

Okechukwu Nwanguma, executive director, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre, a civil rights group, called on governments to intensify the fight against insecurity.

Mr Nwanguma advised Nigerians to vote wisely in 2023 as a strategy to strengthen the country’s security.

A former president of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria, Chris Oji, said the nation’s security needed urgent attention.

Mr Oji said killings in the country had reached an alarming stage.

He called for strengthening the country’s security architecture and recruiting more personnel into the police and armed forces.

(NAN)

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Flooding in Bayelsa

NationWide

Rainy Season: Edo, Delta, Bayelsa express readiness to mitigate flooding

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency says Nigerians would suffer flash and riverine flooding in 2023, especially those living in floodplain areas.

Heavy food

Health

Eat less hot, heavy food during hot season, expert warns Nigerians

The expert said eating hot foods could compound situations for the body, whose temperature is often high during the period.

POS machine

Health

Kaduna Internal Revenue Service insists on e-payment in public hospitals

KADIRS said that it would soon provide more Point of Sale (PoS) terminals in all public hospitals to ease payment of revenue.

Johnson Suleman

Politics

Apostle Suleman tasks Nigerians on photo, video evidence to forestall rigging of 2023 elections

The clergyman said to protect their votes, Nigerians must take photos and record events at their polling units.

Isaac Kekemeke, APC National Vice-chairman for South-West

Politics

Tinubu’s presidential bid is divine project; cannot be truncated, APC chieftain boasts

APC Vice-chairman for South-West, Isaac Kekemeke, said Nigerians with deep thought sees the hand of God in Mr Tinubu’s aspiration.

Charles Udoh, Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources

States

Akwa Ibom accuses FG of refusing to release ecological funds

The state said it had made several failed attempts to get the attention of the ecological funds office.