Boko Haram, Kidnapping: Senate passes vote of no-confidence on police, military, other security outfits

The Senate under the leadership of Senate President, Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday passed a vote of no-confidence on the Military, police and other security structures in Nigeria, following the high spate of crime witnessed across Nigeria.

Recall that Boko Haram, herdsmen, armed bandits and kidnappers have been running riots in several states of the country, despite the presence of security operatives.

However, the Senate during a debate on the insecurity situation in the country, unanimously agreed that the security structure in the country has totally collapsed.

The lawmakers lamented that underfunding of security architecture, Security Chiefs overstaying their tenure, inadequate staff were part of the issues that have contributed to the lack of security in the country.

Contributing to the debate, the Senate Minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to resign from office.

Abaribe also recalled that the APC pledged to be stoned on account of failure upon assumption of office during its electioneering campaigns and, thus, called for ‘stone’ against the party following the insecurity realities on ground.

Abaribe said this against the backdrop of alleged failure in securing lives and property as promised by the ruling party upon which it came to power in 2015 and 2019 general elections.

But the submission by Abaribe did not sit down well by Senator Adamu Abdullahi representing Nasarawa West Senatorial district.

In his words, “I take exemptions to the contribution by the minority leader. Abaribe should be called to order. His call for the use of stone means weapon against the ruling party”.

At this point, the hallowed chamber degenerated into a bedlam.

On his part, the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege maintained that the security architecture in Nigeria was no longer effective.

Omo-Agege decried that the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, was over-stretched, hence can’t curb the insecurity challenges facing the country.

“The security architecture of Nigeria is over-stretched and is no longer effective. Talking about NPF we were told the current strength of the police about 300, 000 to police about 200million people.

“With this number, there is no way they can do this job combating insecurity in Nigeria,” he said.

Also speaking, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun Central Senatorial District said the police should not be castigated, stressing that community policing was part of the solution to tackling insecurity in Nigeria.

Amosun said: “Where we find ourselves, it would be unfair to castigate the police and other security, the best thing to do is to allow every state to have their police but we will still have a federal police.

“I know there are fears that governors will misuse the opportunity but what we stand to gain if governors are in control of security is far better, we need to have our state police to be in place.

“Our porous borders are making it easy for our country to be infiltrated. We need technology like trackers. All states should have their police and still maintain that of the federation.”

Another Senator said the police was overwhelmed due to the over-personalization of security personnel.

“Why is the police overwhelmed, this is due to the failure of the political and business class to assist the government in using the police the best way we should. We know they are 300, 000 in number yet everybody want to personalise police. Until we communalize police we will not have want we want. Civil Defense should take that role and allow police to do their rightful duty,” he said.

Also contributing to the debate, Betsy Apiafi of Rivers West called for the sack of security Chiefs because they have overstayed their tenure.

“The tenure of the security chiefs expired a long time ago, they are illegally occupying that seat. Govt should bring in new people to add strength to the security issues. we should stop personalizing police and ensure that more recruitment into the polic force,” she said.

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