‘FG needs strong political will to tackle insecurity’
A former Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawrence Alobi, says the Federal Government requires strong political will to tackle insecurity in the country.
“Government must have the political will to tackle insecurity in the country as security and policing are technologically-driven. Government should have the will to adequately fund security agencies and also train operatives for effective service delivery.
“If the money stolen by unscrupulous politicians was used to purchase equipment for security agencies, we will not be where we are today,’’ Alobi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja.
The ex-commissioner noted that corruption has contributed immensely to insecurity in the country. “If government used drones to monitor the environment, it would go a long way to check insecurity.”
Alobi, who also stressed the need to secure the country`s porous borders to check influx of illegal migrants and proliferation of small arms, urged Nigerians to contribute their own part by volunteering genuine information to security agencies. “Crime is an aggression against the people and not against the Federal Government alone.’’
He urged the media to enlighten citizens on the need to contribute to the fight against insecurity even as he noted that traditional rulers have roles to play in the fight against insecurity as custodians of tradition and cultures of their domains.
“If there is no peace in their domains, they cannot rule. They have critical roles to play to ensure that peace prevails in their communities. They have no power to adjudicate over criminal cases, but they can work hand in hand with security agencies by volunteering genuine information,’’ he said.