- Ike Ekweremadu has expressed his misgivings about community policing in Nigeria
- Ekweremadu said that in a federal system like Nigeria, regional security outfits will only end up in failure
- The former deputy Senate president said that this is because operatives of these initiatives will not work according to the directives of the federal government
A former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that with so many ethnic diversities in Nigeria, community policing will not work.
Claiming that many Nigerians are living in denial, Ekweremadu said that the security condition in the country is not only bad but unbearable, The Cable reports.
He said that as a federal system, what should be done is a decentralisation of the police, not community security outfit like Amotekun and Shege Ka Fasa because they will operate in ways completely different from what is prescribed in the constitution.
The former deputy Senate president said: “Amotekun is different from what the federal government is saying about community policing.
"They have personnel who are going to deal with issues unlike what the federal government is proposing.”
Moreover, he said that the creation of regional security initiatives is proof that people have lost trust in the ability of the government to ensure their security.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a former commissioner of police in Lagos, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, had reacted to the creation of regional security networks in Nigeria.
In his view, Tsav said that such outfits like Operation Amotekun from the southwest and Shege Ka Fasa in the north, if allowed to thrive, will eventually disintegrate Nigeria.
In fact, the retired police chief in Lagos claimed that both security initiatives are actually grand strategies to break up the country.
He noted that part of the reason people are going about such moves was that they were actually dissatisfied with the present outlook of things.
Tsav said: "I think the aim of setting up these regional security outfits is part of the grand plan to break up this country one day.
"So, these people are setting up their own regional security organizations. And once these organizations become strong, they will threaten the unity of this country."
He lamented that there are lots of unemployed Nigerians who could be employed, trained, retrained by the police and sent into remote villages to tackle insecurity there, but that the funds meant for these are being stolen.
As a way forward, Tsav called on the federal government to increase the workforce of the police in all states of the country.
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