“While we commend and salute the efforts and sacrifices of security agencies in fighting crimes in the country with low motivation and other inhibitive factors, it is our considered opinion that there is a need to review the security strategies of government. It is important to call for stakeholders conference in order to generate fresh ideas so as to bring to a halt the endless carnage and bloodletting occasioned by crime waves in the country”
On a regular basis, security agencies continue to parade arrested suspected crimes suspect before newsmen. Security officials have raised the tone of the fact that crime rates are fast on the increase and there are needs for relevant authorities and stakeholders to get on board with a view to tackling same. Evidently, COVID-19 has thrown up another critical component of national security: hunger, a fertile breeding ground for socioeconomic crimes and criminal elements. Impatient hungry citizens, especially youths who have been kept at home as a result of job losses, students who are unable to resume as a result of the inability to raise funds to meet academic demands, family heads and breadwinners who wake up in the morning without hope of food for the children and defendants, have reportedly been involved in the burglary, invasion of un-policed or under-policed communities.
Bad infrastructure such as poor electricity supply throughout the country, bad road networks, arbitrarily disruptive pump price increases, etc, have equally hampered investments in the small and medium scale business, as well as entrepreneurship. Even as the country continues to strategies against the second phase of COVID-19, we must not overlook the emergent crime rates. We are still grappling with endless bloodletting as a result of insurgency in the North-east, criminal invasion of communities in Benue and Plateau States by suspected herders, banditry and other criminal activities in different parts of the country and the tolls of humanitarian and economic consequences.
All these have further reinforced repeated calls for overhauling of the nation’s security architecture. While citizens are falling prey to the criminal elements enjoying the freedom of killing with impunity under the current security arrangement and uninspiring leadership, it is already gloomy enough that for over one decade, Nigeria has been plagued with a myriad of security challenges ranging from terrorism in the North-east; banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in the North-west; herders-farmer and communal clashes in North-central; cultism, armed robbery and hostage-taking in Southwest; militancy in the Niger Delta, as well as secessionist agitation in the Southeast.
It is obvious that Nigeria has lost a chunk of its international image on this account, endlessly shrill spin doctors of the present administration notwithstanding. Indeed, the crises and the way our government has been managing the state of insecurity does not portray the country and its people as people that think well, that is if we think at all. It has been repeatedly underscored by different reports that efforts by the Federal Government to tackle these myriads of security situations have been a massive human, financial and material costs. For instance, anti-insurgency operation in the Northeast has guzzled billions of dollars, claimed thousands of human lives, both military personnel and innocent civilians, as well as the destruction of properties with minimal or no successes at all. While we commend and salute the efforts and sacrifices of security agencies in fighting crimes in the country with low motivation and other inhibitive factors, it is our considered opinion that there is a need to review the security strategies of government. It is important to call for stakeholders conference in order to generate fresh ideas so as to bring to a halt the endless carnage and bloodletting occasioned by crime waves in the country.
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