- The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) cannot single-handedly fight terrorism in Nigeria
- This is according to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state on Wednesday, April 28
- The APC governor also stated the task of security is one in which the masses have a role to play
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The governor of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu, has confessed that Nigeria's security apparatus cannot effectively deal with the twin scourge of banditry and terrorism which is fast ravaging the nation.
Governor Akeredolu on Wednesday, April 28, admitted this during a webinar that reflected on the turnout of events which attended the EndSARS protests across the country, Vanguard reports.
Akeredolu, who is also the chairman of the southwest governors' forum, noted that having a single police force that oversees and addresses Nigeria's daunting security challenges is simply not enough.
He also faulted the recruitment and employment process of the officers of the Nigerian Police, saying reports of payments for recruitment into the force are recipes for serious worry.
Speaking also on the rule of law and the responsibility of citizens to maintain peace in their communities, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governor noted:
“One thing is clear, the Nigerian Constitution as we have it today, in spite of the flaws, has guaranteed the rule of laws and fundamental human rights. Everybody including the security agents must respect this.
“But the state has an obligation to maintain law and order. In a period of pervasive crisis, certain basic rights can be suspended for peace which is the collective interest of the people. It gives us a clear understanding that no right is absolute.”
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) blew hot over the unthinkable and worsening security situation bedevilling most parts of Nigeria.
The party called on President Muhammadu Buhari to drop the long silence and do the needful to stem the tide of deadly attacks by bandits and terrorists.
The PDP in a statement shared on its Twitter page said while the nation is under fire, the Nigerian leader was expected not to reside in the safety of the Presidential Villa, but to act fast.