A civil society group known as Societal Safety Network (SSN) has warned the South-west governors not to endanger the lives of the Yoruba living in other part of the country with the newly launched security outfit, code named “Amotekun”.
Executive Director of SSN, Ambassador Abdulrahman Agboola during a world press conference in Abuja, Wednesday cautioned that security issues should not be politicized.
Ambassador Agboola said “those with good sense of history can easily understand the nexus between current conspiracies against conventional security agencies and innuendos of ethnic militia formations. The separate security votes of Governors can purchase helicopters for aerial surveillance and empower conventional security agencies to undertake minute to minute security patrol of highways to curb crimes, especially kidnapping and banditry in their respective States.
He added that “Without collaboration with indigenous criminals, no alien can succeed with continuous onslaught against the natives, Diary of Suspects arrested have proved this time to time.
SSN Executive Director added the “Our organisation, Societal Safety Network frowns at the rising spate of crimes across the Country and urge the security agencies to step up the fight against criminality. We urge the Governors to use the platform of Nigeria Governors Forum to facilitate nexus among themselves to tame insecurity wholesomely, if they can facilitate improved funding and personnel increase for the Nigeria Police Force, the situation can definitely be better.
He continued “Despite unrelenting efforts by the security agencies to curb and prevent crimes in Nigeria, the unwarranted breakdown of laws and orders has remained alarming due to the low size of personnel in Internal Security. The reality of Nigeria situation clearly depict that the Nigeria Security Agencies seems to have been outweighed by unimaginable population of criminals.
“Ordinarily, there is nothing legally or morally wrong in State Governments setting up legally backed unconventional security apparatus to assist the conventional security network in situations of high powered security flaws but when such actions become suspicious, it deserves serious admonitions”.
Agboola noted that “If the Nigeria Police Force will still be the agency to detain and prosecute arrested culprits, the best action for the Governors is to properly liaise with the Police Formations to achieve the desired result and fight crimes in its entirety and shun any act of compromise. The major crimes can be fought to a standstill, if there is enhanced funding of Security Operatives.