- Governor Umahi has talked tough regarding the security crisis across different parts of Nigeria
- The Ebonyi state governor said people making baseless claims on social media are fueling the nation's insecurity
- Umahi recommended the adoption of the state policing system, saying it will go a long way in addressing the crisis
Dave Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi state, says the Department of State Service (DSS) should invite people who make unsubstantiated claims on social media.
The Ebonyi state governor said political leaders making baseless claims are one of those fuelling the insecurity in the country.
Umahi who appeared as a guest on a Channels TV programme on Thursday, April 22, attributed the high level of crime in the country to "unpatriotic acts" by many Nigerians.
He said many political leaders from various regions go on television to attack each other and "castigate the leader of the country".
The Ebonyi state governor political leaders making unguarded statements should be summoned by relevant security agencies for explanations, adding that the country cannot afford to be plunged into another war.
"If you are making a statement on social media and call it freedom of speech, you must come to the law to substantiate it."
He said the communal clash in Ebonyi would have stopped if not for politicians making unguarded statements on social media. The governor lamented:
"Never in the history of this country have we been so divided because of politics, because people want power by all means."
On the rampant burning of police stations in the southeast, Umahi described the act as "pure criminality".
The Ebonyi state governor who is the chairman of the South-East Governors Forum said preventing crime is the duty of everyone, noting that the police cannot succeed without the cooperation of the people.
He added that political stakeholders must sit down and discuss in order to solve the security situation across the country.
Umahi also recommended the adoption of state policing to address the security crisis.
"The security situation in Nigeria now requires state policing. It will address a lot of concerns."
Meanwhile, the minister of police affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, has directed the police force to neutralise perpetrators of violence in the southeast and elsewhere in Nigeria.
Dingyadi on Monday, April 19, disclosed that he has directed an intelligence-led kinetic operational against the culprits attacking police formations.
He commended the Zone 13, Zonal headquarters of the Anambra state police for repelling an attack on Monday night which led to the recovering of one general-purpose machine gun (GPMG) gun used by the hoodlums.