Military reassures FCT dwellers as new CAN president demands end to insecurity
Punish robbery by security agents with death, HURIWA tells N’Assembly
The Nigerian military high command has urged residents of Abuja and environs not to panic, stressing that their safety is assured.
Director of Defence Media Operations (DMO), Bernard Onyeuko, gave the promise during a bi-weekly briefing on troops’ activities and operational successes in various theaters across the country.
He said: “The hierarchy of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies wishes to reassure Nigerians of its commitment and pact with all Nigerians.
“With recent operations carried out from July 23, we wish to assure residents of the Federal Capital Territory that we are undaunted and unrelenting in our efforts to ensure the safety of life and property. People should go about their normal businesses as their safety is guaranteed.
He added: “The support and cooperation of all Nigerians is solicited, as security is everybody’s business. Citizens are encouraged to report unusual persons in their communities to security agencies. If you see something, say something.”
MEANWHILE, the new president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to end insecurity across country.
He disclosed this following ratification of his presidency by the association’s National Executive Council (NEC) and General Assembly.
He said government could do more to protect citizens by deploying modern technology.
While delivering his acceptance speech as Eighth President of the 46-year-old Christian umbrella body, Okoh said many Christians are genuinely worried about plot to wipe off the religion and make its adherents second-class citizens.
He said his administration will continue to engage Muslims in healthy dialogue, and that no matter how badly Christians in the country think they have been treated, they should continue to engage all sections of the society constructively.
THIS came as Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) urged the National Assembly to introduce a legislation that would punish armed robbery by security agents with death.
National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, said invasion of the homes of innocent Nigerians by security operatives has reached a disturbing level.
He cited recent report of men of the Force Intelligence Bureau, Abuja, allegedly breaking into the home of a Lagos-based businessman, beating up the occupant and stealing $5,000 from him and N1.3 million from his brother’s bank account.
He said alleged police criminality has reached an alarming rate. He called for state Houses of Assembly and the National Assembly to legislate on crime of this type,” including theft of defence budgets by military chiefs, and designate it a capital offence.