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General News of Saturday, 10 April 2021


HURIWA faults IG’s South-east security assessment

Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has faulted the claims of the newly appointed Inspector General of Police Usman Baba of dire security situations in the South-east region of the country.

They counselled the new police boss to concentrate on solving the perennial security situation of the country and desist from sexing up situations which tend to potray the South-east security situation darker than it was.

In a statement by the Executive Director, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA carpeted the President for displaying gross insensitivity to the Federal Character Principles on appointments to top Internal Security heads since coming to office, stated that what is playing out in most parts of Southern Nigeria was that millions of Nigerians feel that they were totally alienated and schemed out on all issues that border on National Security since none of their people serving in any of the segments of the armed security forces were good enough to head the police, Customs, Immigration, Civil Defence or correctional centers also known as Federal Prisons.

“Millions of citizens of Southern Nigeria have come to the conclusion that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has no confidence or trust in them to contribute towards internal security matters and so some of the actions and counteractions may be related to civil disobedience.

"Those who are beneficiaries of the rotten status quo like the Inspector General of Police should stop talking like new emperors but should embark on genuine consultations with different interest groups in the Southern part of Nigeria to bring them on board and to reassure them that their lands are not under Military or Police occupation.

“The Inspector-General of Police must be ready to work out a constructive partnership with genuine civil society stakeholders so as to reassure millions of Southerners that there is no deliberate agenda to occupy their places,” they pointed out.

They said the major crisis that the new IGP had to face was the Police and not the South-east of Nigeria, adding, “The situation is much graver within the institution of the Nigeria Police Force and so the new head of Nigeria Police should embark on thorough Internal Clean up and restore discipline and professionalism.”