By Angel James, News/Comments, November 22, 2020
ABUJA-A former Legal Director of the Nigerian Army, Col (Barr) Abayomi Dare retd, has advised Nigerians to respect the military rather than tag them with negative images. He also said that, it is time, the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed to stop attaching more security men to politicians because, the country is in dire need of safety and so, cannot afford to collapse. Col. Dare spoke this afternoon on Channels TV’s program “rubbin minds”
Commenting on the credibility of the 8-man Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution towards ENDSARS and the role played by the Military, the former Director, said that, it is a common knowledge that the matter is before a panel of enquiry, therefore no need to dwell on it until the panel complete its findings, but gave credit to the military. “The military still remains the bastion for any lasting democracy, so we must try to respect the military and to trust them. It won’t do the country any good if issues continue to be dragged. So, we should be patient and wait for the outcome of the panel that is already investigating the issue”
While responding whether at this stage, state policing could be urgently considered, Col. Dare said, State policing, Community policing is the way to go. The IG should put his feet on ground to do the needful at this time. And the idea of attaching more policemen to politicians should stop because the country cannot afford to protect a few at this critical time. Therefore, if politicians need more security men, they should turn to private security organizations and employ them. Look at how armed banditry have taken over Abuja-Lokoja road and some parts of the north. This is the time to use helicopters as surveillance regularly and decentralized the Police force.
Asked on what should be done at this season of Christmas, the Security Expert, said that, at this period of the year, there is usually concern because, traditionally, people wants to travel and spend the yuletide period with their family and friends. Now, as it is, there are a lot of things happening, and it is very worrisome, especially the mayhem that occurred during the protests, and the burning down of police stations in some states. The aftermath is the problem now.
However, we have a lot of work to do, and we cannot keep away from it. So, let the various state governors take charge because the primary aim of governance is to protect lives and properties. Resources and human capacity should be deployed, to guarantee safety and comfort during and after this period. “Honestly, we all cannot sleep with our two eyes closed. Security should be everybody’s business’ he stressed
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