Analysts urge South West governors to expedite action on Operation Amotekun
Express concern over insecurity nationwide
The National Association of Public Affairs Analysts has urged governments of the South-West “to hasten action on the much-vaunted Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), code-named Operation Amotekun.”
The association also implored the federal and state governments to wake up quickly to the security challenges facing the nation.
The NAPAA, in a statement signed by its President, Seun Adelore and General Secretary, Jare Ajayi in Ibadan and made available to The Guardian over the weekend, lamented the spate of robberies and other criminal activities in Ibadan and other parts of the country.
According to the body, the spate of insecurity in various parts of the country “calls for serious concern. We heard unpleasant reports of killings in Sokoto, Plateau, Benue and Ondo states, among others, most of which were traceable to Fulani herdsmen.”
NAPAA, which expressed serious concern over the allegation that suspected Fulani herdsmen killed three people in Arimogija community in Ose Local Council of Ondo State, said: “While the news of such attacks is not new – condemnable as it is – what made the present one totally unacceptable and very worrisome was the allegation that a helicopter came to drop weapons for the attackers and that the police did not do anything when they were called upon.”
It, therefore, challenged the Federal Government, the security agencies and the Ministry of Interior, as well as Ondo State government, not to sweep the matter under the carpet “as we no longer seemed to be safe.”
The association stated that the above “are besides various kidnapping incidents and attacks by Boko Haram insurgents still taking place, especially in the northeastern part of the country.”
The analysts also urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Chief of Army Staff to prevail on security agencies not to trample on the fundamental human rights of the people in the process of enforcing the lockdown ordered by the government.
They made this call against the backdrop of the reports of various abuses to which people are being subjected to by police and soldiers who are to enforce the stay-at-home order.