A former Director of the State Safety Service, Mike Ejiofor has warned that Nigeria is heading in direction of a state of anarchy as areas and states have resorted to floating of safety networks to defend their respective lands and folks.
The ex-boss of the key police added that it’s a harmful method for geo-political zones and states to empower teams and people to bear firearms, insisting that residents have submitted their fights to the federal government for defense.
Ejiofor disclosed this throughout a dwell programme, Metropolis Talks with Reuben Abati, monitored by SaharaReporters on Saturday.
Whereas he applauded to some extent the creation of Western Nigeria Safety Community codenamed Amotekun, due to its authorized framework, he criticised EbubeAgu for missing authorized backing and different crucial constructions corresponding to personnel and gear.
“It’s a very harmful improvement. We’re heading straight into anarchy. Now we have surrendered our rights to authorities to guard us and folks at the moment are establishing their very own numerous safety networks.
“To some extent, I agree with the institution of Amotekun within the South-West as a result of it affords collaboration. It affords unity of objective amongst safety operatives. And because the institution of Amotekun, although there isn’t any society with out crime, you agree with me that crimes have lowered within the South-West.
“Now, I don’t perceive the institution of EbubeAgu as a result of they haven’t any authorized framework, they haven’t any constructions of their very own. It’s now they’re making an attempt to place a authorized framework on the bottom and making an attempt to purchase gear. I overheard one of many governors within the South-East saying they’re making an attempt to place constructions on the bottom.
“How are you going to put the cart earlier than the horse? Then you definitely even have the Jap Safety Community established by the outlawed IPOB. These are challenges. It’s like degenerating right into a horrible scenario the place all people is now,” Ejiofor mentioned.
The safety guide, additional, lamented the current resolution of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom authorising the native vigilantes to bear weapons within the state.
Governor Ortom, Thursday, recounting how the state has been plagued with never-ending assaults and atrocities of the herdsmen and bandits, authorised the vigilantes to bear arms.
“All of the vigilantes should carry weapons which might be licensed in order that anytime there’s exterior aggression, they need to have the ability to rise as much as defend themselves,” Ortom instructed journalists in Makurdi, the Benue state capital.
Reacting, Ejiofor maintained that the governor lacks the constitutional energy to instruct the native vigilantes to hold weapons.
“Solely just lately, the Lagos State Authorities signed a regulation banning the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee from dealing with corruption circumstances in Lagos State. How can that work? Now, Benue State Governor, out of frustration mentioned he has given rights to vigilantes to bear arms. What a part of Structure provides him that proper? He mentioned it by himself that they’ll bear subtle firearms.
“The sooner we sit down and convey a convention and say what precisely our drawback (is), the higher for us. Whenever you go to the East, you’ve Biafra. Within the South-West, there’s Oduduwa, it is just the South-South that’s typical Nigeria now within the South. And if they begin their very own issues now, what it’s. The sooner we take a look at our nationhood drawback critically, the higher for us,” ex-DSS Director mentioned.
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