“Also connected to this development, the protracted Federal Government’s legal hurdles and protestations by pro-establishment elements against creation of state police could not stop the establishment of the South West police, Amotekun, and subsequently, South East police, Ebube Agu. For a long time now, Islamic police known as Hisbah has been in operation in many states of the North. In other words, gradually and steathily, the creation of ‘state police’ is becoming an inevitable reality. We are therefore wondering: Why is the Federal Government so falacious, pretensious and dubious in its political stance on the so-called state police?”
The conclusion of the oppotion governors under the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum held in Ibadan recently yet revealed how Nigeria’s political elites have continued to play politics with the issue of creation of state police amidst increasing security situation. Apart from restructuring, one of the prominent resolutions is their support for the creation of state police.
Ironically, the party took the issues for granted by failing to implement same when it had the golden opportunity to do so when it was in power. Similarly, governors of Northern extraction have, in groups, expressed support for the creation of state police; many, if not all of them have been facing security threats in their respective states. The problem however is that beyond the tigritude of resolution, what else can they do to give their stance effect? Will they stand and continue to watch the daily bloodshed in the country without doing nothing?
Also connected to this development, the protracted Federal Government’s legal hurdles and protestations by pro-establishment elements against creation of state police could not stop the establishment of the South West police, Amotekun, and subsequently, South East police, Ebube Agu. For a long time now, Islamic police known as Hisbah has been in operation in many states of the North. In other words, gradually and steathily, the creation of ‘state police’ is becoming an inevitable reality. We are therefore wondering: Why is the Federal Government so falacious, pretensious and dubious in its political stance on the so-called state police? Even as admitted by government, the over centralized federal security structures have no capacity to deal with the entire gamut of security threats and operational lapses. It requires extra hands.
The question is: From where? Government has rejected the suggestions of hiring foreign mercenaries. Now, many states and the above regions have seen the necessity of creating local security structures to support the failures or weaknesses of the police, military and other paramilitary agencies. As has been admitted by officials of the present government and other stakeholders, there are disturbing reports that foreign criminal elements from neighboring countries illegally cross borders into the Nigerian territory in droves, commit crimes, including arms trade, human trafficking, etc.
There is no telling what this means to the checkered antiinsurgency campaign by the present administration. This establishes the well known fact that this country is among countries with the most vulnerable international borders in the world. Were land, air and sea borders firmly protected by relevant operatives, it is believed that the country’s intractable security issues would have been fairly under control. Every rational Nigerian would have loudly wondered why the president choses to display the failure of this government to tame the insecurity monster.
Why is the government exonerating itself and heaping blames of anything that is wrong on someone else? This is one of the most consistent typescripts of the Buhari administration. For instance, in April 2018, the president reportedly told the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in London that, “The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region”.
Also, in an exclusive interview with an electronic medium, he reportedly claimed that, “The Nigerian cattle herder used to carry nothing more than a stick, but these are people with AK-47 and people refuse to reflect on the demise of Gaddafi… So, when the opposition in Libya succeeded in killing him, they arrested some and they did what they did to them.
The rest escaped with their orphans and we encounter some of them in the North-east and they are all over the place now organising attacks”, he maintained. Why has the present government demonstrated lack of serious commitment to securing our international borders? From all indications, the cross border crimes committed by illegal immigrants in Nigeria are said to have been bolstered by the rather queer and highly criticized interest of the present government’s increased infrastructural development activities in the far Northern borders with Niger and Chad Republics.
There is no way Nigeria can secure itself unless it allows for the creation of state police and it is able to effectively secure or block the uncountable illegal cross border routes across the country’s territory. Worse still, it lacks the will to contain the suspected criminal herders on the loose nationwide.
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