The rise in kidnapping and other criminal activities across the country has become a source of great concern to many Nigerians.
Though the federal and state governments in Nigeria have reiterated their commitment to addressing the mounting insecurity, bandits and other criminal elements continue to wreak havoc.
In light of this Doyin Okupe, a former senior special assistant on media and publicity to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has identified measures that can address insecurity in the country.
1. Spend some money on 24rs satellite imaging and coverage of areas most affected by these challenges.
2. Increase ground intelligence and paid local intelligence to monitor all these areas.
3. Fund police formations and tactical units in these areas.
4. Increase force deplorability and create standby joint crack security teams in each local government area in the affected states.
5. In addition to state police commissioners, working with military authorities, appoint military commanders in each state to jointly coordinate security within each state, with the state police commissioners.
6. It takes no less than 1hr for any serious school kidnapping to be executed.
7. It also takes travelling fairly long distances and noticeable mass movements before bandits arrive at their "safe havens" in the forests.
Legit.ng recalls that the former senior special assistant on media and publicity to former President Jonathan expressed serious concern over the rising division among Nigerians.
Okupe said the division could lead to the breakup of the West African country if not quickly corrected by stakeholders.
The former presidential media aide was reacting to reports that northern youths had allegedly started diverting food away from the southern part of the country because of disagreement over security issues.
Meanwhile, Okupe has thrown his hat into the ring ahead of 2023 presidential elections. The former aide announced on his social media accounts on Friday, February 26, that he would be running for the Nigerian presidency in the next general elections under certain conditions.
According to Okupe, the conditions for him joining the race includes if banditry continues nationwide, kidnapping remains uncontrolled across Nigeria, and herdsmen attacks in the southwest.
Oluwatobi Bolashodun is a Legit.ng journalist with six years of working experience in the media industry. She graduated from Babcock University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. Oluwatobi is a Current Affairs Editor, mostly writing on political, educational, and business topics. She uses her team spirit to encourage others to work hard.