Oti faults Abia home­land se­cu­rity, po­lice give back­ing

The Punch - - NEWS - Og­bon­naya Ikokwu, Umuahia

Atwo-time gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of the All Pro­gres­sive Grand Al­liance in Abia State, Dr Alex Oti has called for cau­tion against the newly cre­ated Min­istry of Home­land Se­cu­rity in the state.

Oti in a state­ment by his me­dia as­sis­tant, Mr Fer­di­nand ekeoma, said the new ar­range­ment was “a time bomb that must be halted.”

the state­ment partly read, “Our at­ten­tion has been drawn to the call by the Abia State Govern­ment through the Min­istry of Home­land Se­cu­rity invit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from “suit­ably qual­i­fied and able­bod­ied males and fe­males” across the state for re­cruit­ment into the state’s Home­land Se­cu­rity out­fit

“We would have been the first to en­dorse such a re­cruit­ment if the most ba­sic fun­da­men­tals had been taken care of, but be­cause we con­sider the pol­icy as very un­se­ri­ous, un­sound and poorly thought-out, we deem it ap­pro­pri­ate to voice out our dis­ap­proval.

“Abia State has a se­cu­rity out­fit es­tab­lished by an Act of the Abia State House of Assem­bly.

“The out­fit known as the Abia State Vig­i­lante Ser­vices ex­ists to com­ple­ment na­tional se­cu­rity agen­cies, espe­cially the po­lice, in fight­ing crimes in Abia.”

Oti said the wel­fare of mem­bers of the Abia vig­i­lante had been so ig­nored that many mem­bers of the group had re­sorted to mo­lest­ing and ex­tort­ing money from in­no­cent ci­ti­zens, espe­cially traders in Aba for sur­vival.

It added, “Our ques­tion, there­fore, is, how can a govern­ment that has failed to take care of the wel­fare of her al­ready ex­ist­ing se­cu­rity out­fit em­bark on the cre­ation of an­other se­cu­rity out­fit, as well as re­cruit­ment of in­di­vid­u­als into same agency with zero struc­tures and no de­fined wel­fare pack­age?

“We want to un­equiv­o­cally con­demn Ik­peazu’s pen­chant for cre­at­ing in­con­se­quen­tial agen­cies and of­fices, and ap­point­ing in­di­vid­u­als with­out real job de­scrip­tions for po­lit­i­cal ex­i­gen­cies.”

Oti called on the govern­ment to halt the ex­er­cise, carry out a very in­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion and put the nec­es­sary in­sti­tu­tional mech­a­nism and wel­fare pack­ages in place be­fore com­ing up with such pro­gramme.

the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice in the state, Mr ene Okon, how­ever, said the govern­ment had been con­sult­ing the po­lice since the Min­istry of Home­land se­cu­rity was es­tab­lished.

Okon said, “Se­cu­rity is not a one-man busi­ness; the duty of the po­lice is to pro­tect lives and prop­erty and en­sure law and or­der in the state, but that doesn’t pre­clude the state or com­mu­ni­ties in the state from com­ing up with con­cepts that can help in polic­ing the state prop­erly, espe­cially in the area of in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing.

“What the state govern­ment is do­ing to the best of my knowl­edge is just to add to the polic­ing ef­forts of the Nige­ria Po­lice Force in the state.

“the idea be­hind that govern­ment con­cept is to raise peo­ple that will be as­sist­ing the po­lice in in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing from the grass roots, not that they are set­ting up a dif­fer­ent se­cu­rity out­fit en­tirely.”

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