Nigerian security personnel, grossly inadequate to secure 200 million people – Niger lawmaker laments
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Mohammed Sani Musa, has attributed the high level of insecurity in Nigeria to the inadequacy of security agents.
Speaking with Press in Abuja, the lawmaker lamented the state of insecurity in Nigeria, noting that “security agents in Nigeria today are grossly inadequate in securing over 200 million Nigerian People and foreigners doing business here.”
He pointed out that the level of insecurity has further assumed a dangerous dimension that was not envisaged in the past, adding that security agents were ill-equipped to face the reality of today’s security challenges.
“Nigeria Security agents are not well trained to go in line with modern security architecture; they need constant training and regular recruitment if they must make an impact in Nigeria.”
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He was emphatic that the current service chiefs have done well within the time, but added that they have to give way for fresh ideas, for men and officers who have ideas on how to tackle the menace and the current challenges of insecurity.
“If they remain there, they cannot offer anything different from what they have done; therefore, there is a need to bring in fresh blood,” he said.
He explained that the level of insecurity in Nigeria has degenerated to the extent that criminals walk freely on Nigeria roads.
Citing specifics, Sen. Musa narrated how some foreigners rode the same model of motorcycles that bandits are using in their operations in Abuja.
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He wondered: “There are laws restraining people from riding in certain areas in the Abuja city, but foreigners are unchallenged.”
He advised Nigerian People to change their attitude towards issues of security; he recalled that in the past, community leaders ask questions to ascertain the mission of strangers, but lamented that nowadays no one cares even when bandits are in their midst.
“We Nigerian People need to change our attitude because, in those days when you live in an environment, and somebody new comes in, there are people that ask questions, there are people who will want to find out what the person has come to do in the background, they run a profile check on such individual, but today it is not the case.
“Especially in the rural area, you can imagine I gave an example of Tegina where 20,000 people live in that environment and they have only 8 police officers there. How can 8 officers control 20, 000 residents of such community,”
The lawmaker confessed that the people of Niger state are happy that Buhari has ordered the bombardment of bandits in the state, stressing that the attack on them would reduce banditry in the area.
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