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Insecurity: FG should be two steps ahead of criminals-IGP

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A former Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mike Okiro yesterday, called on the Federal Government to be “two steps ahead of the criminals”, in its efforts to fight insecurity in the country.

Ex-IGP Okiro told the government to equip the security agencies and fund and train them very well in line with international standards.

Sir Okiro stated this while briefing journalists on the forthcoming inauguration of Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria, OSAN in Abuja.

The former IGP flanked by the Clerk of House of Representatives, Mr. Chinedu Akubueze and a University lecturer, Dr. Ugo Jim Nwoko, said that the human rights activist, Chief Femi Falana, SAN, and Justice Centus Nweze among others who are members of OSAN would lead it the association’s inauguration at the weekend.

The former Chairman of Police Service Commission, said he believed that the insecurity had continued in Nigeria because some security personnel may have been compromised because “for every 12, there must be a Judas.”

Fielding questions from journalists in his capacity as chairman, Board of Trustees of OSAN, ex-IGP said the group will work for national integration and unity.

On the OSAN inauguration, he said, “we shall have as chairman of the occasions, one of our own, Femi Falana (SAN), who is of the class of 1975, Sacred Heart Seminary, Akure, Ondo State.”

“Also, Justice Centus Nweze of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from the class of 1977, St. John’s Cross Seminary, Nsukka would deliver the keynote address.”

On the position of the association as regards the security situation in the country, he said, “What we are going to say won’t be different from what we have been saying. This security problem is nationwide and not limited to any particular sector or organisation. What we have to say is that the Federal Government really have to look into the security agencies and put them at par with what is happening in the outside world.

“In fact, the government should be at least two steps ahead of the criminals, if you are a security agent. What the government should do is to equip the security agencies and train them very well.

“The government should equip them, fund them. When we were small, we used to see policemen riding bicycles with baton. But that is gone, you can’t see policemen again riding bicycle with gun. You can’t even see a policeman again with Mac 4, it’s AK 47. As the technology is developing, criminality is also developing.

“Security challenges is not limited to Nigeria but worldwide issue, even in America. The current issue now is the use of technology in insecurity. The Federal Government should look at the security agencies and put them at par with their counterparts all over the world.”

Asked if he believed that some security personnel may have been compromised, Okiro said, “I will talk like a human being, for every 12, there must be a Judas. There must be a Judas. You can expect that also, that answers your question.”

On his part, Akubueze said, “The government is doing its best possible to address the security challenges in the country and its is our prayer that these challenges do not last forever. We will contribute our quota as Nigerians and ensure that these challenges end for the peaceful country that Nigeria has always been.”

Written by: Busayo Babs

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