NGP urges caution in calls for resignation of security chiefs

NGP urges caution in calls for resignation of security chiefs

- There have been calls for the resignation of service chiefs by some individuals and groups in the country

- This demand has not gone down well with some groups

- The New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP) is not in support of the calls

New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP) has called for restraint in the rampant calls for resignation of security chiefs by some groups and individuals in the country.

The party dismissed the calls saying security is a delicate issue that must not be sacrificed for pecuniary gains.

The NGP in a statement signed on Wednesday, August 30 by its National Chairman, Dr Yakubu Shendam said it was high time Nigerians and organisations making such calls put national interest first and also consider the security of lives and property before making such calls.

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Part of the statement read: “Security anywhere in the world is serious business that should not be politicized, but regrettably in our country, anytime a security chief is seen to be making progress in the fight against crime and criminality, weighty allegations are made by some persons who should know the intricate nature of securing a nation.

“While we are opposed to corruption in its entirety, we wish to caution the federal government to be cautious of such calls in other not to jeopardize the feats already achieved in the security architecture of the country.

“No one among the chiefs of the various security outfits in this country is free of allegations of corruption particularly under this administration that is known to be making efforts in fighting corruption.

“Therefore, it should be clear to all that those making these allegations are a cabal that want to puncture the security architecture for reasons only known to them.”

Shendam wondered how those accusing the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris of collecting N120 billion got at the figure considering the fact that it was not done following due process.

“If those calling for the resignation of the IGP had an inkling of corruption in the system and called for investigation, one would understand that they meant well for the system and Nigeria in general. But merely calling for resignation of a security chief over frivolous allegation is suspect,” he added.

According to the NGP chairman, more calls for sack of security chiefs would be made should the federal government fall to the antics of those who have constructed themselves to seeking outright sack or redeployment of security personnel that may not be useful for their dealings.

Meanwhile, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has invited the chairman, Senate committee on Navy, Senator Isah Misau, to appear before its special panel investigating allegations of corruption in special promotions in the Nigeria Police Force. gathered that Misau was invited to appear before the panel with the original copy of his letter of retirement from the force for authentication.

The senator had accused the IGP of pocketing N120 billion annually as payments for special security services rendered by the police to corporate organisations and Very Important Personalities.

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