Says Border Closure Contributed about 25% to Increased Crime Rate
ABUJA: Civil right advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called for a state of emergency in Nigeria, following the incessant kidnapping and armed banditry in many parts of the country.
This is just as the Association also called for the sack of all the heads of security architecture, especially internal security—Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Inspector General of Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), noting that they have all failed to curb the security issues in the country.
Speaking in a press briefing on Thursday in Abuja, the HURIWA National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, noted that Customs and Immigration heads have failed as they have refused to do their work to stop the influx of small arms and other sophisticated weapons into Nigeria despite the border closure, adding that the border closure has contributed about 25 percent to the crime rate.
According to him, “Due to the border closure, a lot of legitimate businesses have suffered and the government has pushed people into crime by closing the borders”.
Furthermore, he stated that what happened after the #EndSARS protest showed that Nigeria does not have a strong policing system, adding that the issue of ghost workers in the Nigeria Police Force should be investigated.
In his words, “The positive thing about what happened after the #EndSARS protest shows that Nigeria does not have a strong policing system. Where were the policemen when the hoodlums were attacking? There is a problem of ghost police in Nigeria and it should be investigated.
“The major security crisis is because they tell us lies about the number of Policemen recruited. Let us know the number of Police recruited. Where are they, how many are they? We are calling for a personnel audit, regrettably, we don’t have a vibrant National Assembly, as the people there are not doing their statutory oversight functions.
“Government has failed to secure the people, the killings have continued as they failed to provide security. President Muhammadu Buhari should leave cows alone and protect Nigerians. He should not take the lands of Nigerians and give to people to rear cows”, he emphasized.
HURIWA further proposed that the justice delivery system be hastened; the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu be sacked as he has failed in his statutory duties; The entire Security apparatus be reorganized; The National Assembly should face its statutory duties squarely and stop chasing contracts.
HURIWA also proposed that thorough personnel audit should be carried out to know if Nigeria truly has Police where they are needed; and technology should be deployed to fight crime.