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State police will address insecurity in Nigeria – Gyang

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Sen. Istifaus Gyang (PDP-Plateau) says creation of state police will help to address myriad of security challenges facing the country.
By Polycarp Auta

Sen. Istifaus Gyang (PDP-Plateau) says the creation of state police will help to address myriad of security challenges facing the country.

Gyang, representing Plateau North Senatorial District, said this on Sunday during an interactive session with newsmen in Vom, Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

He was in Vom for the inauguration of some projects executed by Rep. Dachung Bagos, the lawmaker representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency of the state.

He decried the rising spate of killings and wanton destruction of farmlands and other property in his district.

The lawmaker, therefore, urged the Federal Government to heed to the public demand for the creation of state police.

He also called on his colleagues in the National Assembly (NASS) to take advantage of the ongoing Constitution Review to ensure the security and wellbeing of Nigerians.

“The welfare and wellbeing of Nigerians is the primary responsibility and purpose of governance.

“Insecurity in Plateau North has become alarming and our people have been surviving by the grace of God.

“But to ensure the total safety of lives and property in any part of this country today, there is the need for state police.

“That has been our position in Plateau for long and because of the rising spate of insecurity, other parts of the country have joined us in calling for the creation of state police.

“So, I want to urge that the ongoing review of the 1999 constitution should address critical issues that will guarantee the safety and wellbeing of the people by making provision for the establishment of state police,” Gyang said.

He also called on government at all levels and the security agencies to be proactive in their approach to ending the escalating security challenges.

Speaking on the projects by his NASS counterpart, Gyang commended Bagos for the successful completion of the projects.

“What we are witnessing today is the dividend of good representation and democracy and this is commendable.

“This will also encourage political participation and discourage voter apathy at the grassroot,” he said.

Earlier, Bagos said he was passionate about providing dividend of democracy to his constituents.

He said he would continue to attract projects that would have direct impact on the lives of the people.

“Our agenda is to ensure that after our 1,466 days in office, our presence will be felt in the 10 districts that make up this constituency,” Bagos said.

He used the ceremony to present starter packs to 40 young women from the constituency, who were trained in sewing.

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Army Has No Desire To Truncate Nigeria’s Democracy — COAS

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, on Tuesday, restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to defend the nation’s choice of government, democracy.

Addressing participants at a seminar on career planning and management organised by the Army headquarters, the COAS said the Army has no plans to truncate democracy in the country.

He charged officers of the Nigerian Army to remain above board in the discharge of their professional duties.

“Permit me to seize this opportunity to reiterate that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, particularly the Nigerian Army has come to terms with the country’s choice of democracy as the preferred system of governance,” he said during his address to officers.

“We are therefore agents of democracy and have no desire to truncate it. The Nigerian Army will continue to defend our constitution and not suspend it for whatever reason.

“It is the duty of our elected leaders to lead while the military does its job as enshrined in our constitution. Nigerian Army personnel must therefore remain professional and be above board as they discharge their constitutional duties.”

The commitment by the COAS followed the series of putsches in West and Central Africa which have experienced at least seven military takeovers in the last four years.

Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and most recently, Niger Republic — all members of the Economic Community of Western African States ( ECOWAS) — have pulled out from the regional bloc in last four years. Outside of West Africa, Chad and Sudan also experienced military coups in 2021.

 

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Economic: Defence Chief Warns Coup Advocates

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The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, has warned against advocating for a coup due to economic hardship, emphasizing patience and the superiority of democracy.

He made this known on Thursday while speaking with journalists at the Nigerian Army 6 Division Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, after commissioning some building projects.

General Musa urged individuals promoting military takeover to cease such statements.

The Chief of Defence Staff had earlier commissioned the newly constructed Entrance Gate and Officers Transit Accommodation at the 6 Division Headquarters.

Protests have occurred in Ogun, Oyo, Kano, Niger and some parts of the country in the last few weeks over the hardship experienced in the country as Nigerians lament food inflation, high cost of living, amongst other harsh living conditions occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy, forex crisis, amongst others.

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Security: Bill To Introduce State Police Scales Second Reading

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A Constitution Amendment Bill to introduce state police has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill, which was sponsored by 13 members of the House, enjoyed support from majority of the lawmakers in the green chamber who believed that concerns of political victimisation by state governors, should take the backseat to the current state of insecurity across the country.

Last week, President Bola Tinubu and 36 state governors considered the creation of state police as solution to the menacing security challenges like kidnapping and banditry ubiquitous in the country.

State police has been a subject of controversy since the Seventh National Assembly and has failed to make it through the amendment phase.

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had recently restated their position on state policing, as the solution to the country’s worsening security situation, lamenting that Nigeria is “almost on the road to Venezuela”.

Also, regional socio-political groups such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum, and the Northern Elders’ Forum, have repeatedly called for state police as solution the myriad of increasing security challenges confronting the nation.

Already, states in the South-West geopolitical zone have formed the Amotekun while their counterparts in the South-East also created state-owned security outfit Ebube Agu. The Benue Guards has also been operational in Benue State in the North Central while states like Katsina, Zamfara and other bandit-prone sub-nationals have also come up with similar state-established outfits.

However, these outfits have not been effective as anticipated as they don’t have the backing of the Federal Government or the Presidency while states continue to demand that Amotekun, Ebube Agu and others are granted license to bear assault rifles like AK-47 to confront lethal gun-toting marauders.

 

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