- The APC has encouraged Nigerians to themselves against miscreants attempting to rob them or loot their properties
- The party urged citizens to join hands with security agencies in defending themselves and their communities
- The ruling party, however, assured that the APC-led government would continue to take bold steps to secure the country and the citizenry
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured Nigerians that the emerging opportunistic crimes that have been recorded in some parts of the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown will soon be brought under check.
The APC gave the assurance in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu on Wednesday, April 15.
The party, however, enjoined Nigerians to “join our security services in protecting ourselves and communities from miscreants.”
The ruling party assured that the government would continue to take bold steps to secure the country and the citizenry.
Part of the statement read: “In line with the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari during his broadcast on Monday, a major and coordinated offensive by the Police, Army, Navy, Airforce and Directorate of State Services (DSS) is underway against the miscreants.
“There is no dispute about the hardships being faced by many citizens as a result of the unavoidable lockdown. However, we must resist criminal elements trying to exploit the situation and in the process inflicting further hardships on already stressed fellow Nigerians.
“In responding to this ugly situation, we would like to caution the various vigilante groups to resist the urge to resort to unlawful and extra-judicial actions in the name of protecting communities.”
The APC expressed optimism that the fight against the global pandemic will be won soon “and we all will be able to return to our normal lives and activities.”
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Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that officials of the APC-led federal government are using the deadly COVID-19 pandemic as a gateway for corrupt profiteering and looting of the nation's treasury.
The party made the allegation in a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, April 11 by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan.
The opposition party lamented that “allegations of diversion of billions of naira meant for palliatives to vulnerable citizens is already frustrating the commitment by Nigerians and other well-meaning groups in the overall effort to combat the spread of the scourge in our country.”
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