- Senator Uba Sani has commended the Army's OPTS team in Kaduna
- The team swift intervention neutralised the bandits terrorising Kaduna Central senatorial district
- According to him, there is a need for the state police across the country
The senator representing Kaduna Central at the Senate, Uba Sani, has commended the Nigerian army's Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS) team for neutralizing bandits at Buruku in Chikun local government area of the state.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Kaduna, Nasir Dambatta, reports that the lawmaker described the OPTS offensive in response to the distress call by the affected community as "timely, decisive, a rare act of patriotism and display of professionalism."
He explained that it was with "a deep sense of pride" that he welcomed the brave intervention of OPTS working with the One Division of the Nigerian Army, adding that it was an act of gallantry which must be sustained for the good of the state.
Senator Uba Sani, however, warned that criminal elements must not be allowed to hold the state to ransom.
"Over the past few months, there has been a disturbing increase in acts of banditry in Chikun and other local government areas within Kaduna Central senatorial district. This poses significant security challenges and threatens stability, hampers socio-economic development and undermines democratic governance in Kaduna state."
The senator pointed out that the OPTS and One Division of the Nigerian Army's action must be sustained for the good of Kaduna state.
The lawmaker, who is the chairman of Senate committee on banking, insurance and other financial institutions also said the increasing acts of banditry brought to the fore, the need for state police.
"This is the time to take a more critical look at the calls for state police. Over-centralization of policing has worsened the insecurity challenges in the country and strengthened the hands of criminal non-state actors. Such elements have become lords over Nigeria's ungoverned spaces, frightening, intimidating, humiliating and terrorising our people.
"We must decentralize policing by empowering state governors to become real chief security officers. The chain of command can cascade down to the grassroots and effectively restore order and stability in our communities.
"This must be done without further delay. We must not continue to leave our people to their own devices. We must reassert the coercive apparatuses of state and rein in criminal elements and agents of destabilization. They undermine our people's faith in democracy and must not be treated with kid gloves."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the parents of the abducted 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Mando in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state have reacted.
It was reported that the parents of the abducted children on Monday, March 22, gave both the state and federal governments a 48-hour ultimatum to rescue their children.
Source: Legit Newspaper