human rights activist, Femi Falana, has said fresh ideas are needed to combat the insecurity challenges in the country, adding that the service chiefs in the country had overstayed.
Falana stated this on Thursday while delivering a public lecture at the Cardinal Anthony Okogie Foundation Annual Lecture with the theme, ‘Security of life and prosperity: A prerequisite for peaceful coexistence, the roles of the state and the church.’
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria who stated in his lecture that some criminal gangs had taken over the monopoly of violence in the country, noted that none of the gangs could succeed without the connivance of the security agencies and the politicians.
He added that government’s disposition to the challenges of insecurity in the country had confirmed that there was no political will to guarantee law and order in the country.
He said, “Owing to the nation’s collapsed security apparatus, criminal gangs have taken over the monopoly of violence in all parts of the country and the crisis of security has been compounded with the active involvement of politicians, police and military personnel in the kidnapping, armed robbery, extrajudicial killing and other violent crimes.
“Having lost faith in the capacity of the state to guarantee law and order in our country, citizens are now compelled to pay ransom to kidnap gangs, criminal elements to secure the liberty of the victims of abduction and the midget reaction of the government to the crisis of insecurity has confirmed the lack of political will to guarantee law and order in the country.
“Since criminal elements have taken over the security of our country and certain criminal gangs have continued to unleash mayhem in various communities despite official assurance from the Federal Government to protect the life and property of everybody, Nigerians have continued to watch with dismay and frustration the unabated killing of thousands of innocent people, including children and women.
Speaking on community policing, Falana urged the Federal Government to reorganise the current police force so as to allow the officers to go to their state and local government of origin to ensure proper policing.
The host, His Eminence Anthony Okogie, in his speech, noted that Nigeria needed to reorder its political priorities by putting in place a constitution that protects every Nigerian from every act that lends itself to tyranny.
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