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Afenifere Reiterates Call For State Police, Charges FG To Be Proactive On Security

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Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, has urged the federal, state, and security agencies to take all necessary measures to reduce countrywide insecurity in order to stop more Nigerians from ending up in camps for internally displaced people.

In a statement released on Monday, June 27, by the group’s spokesman Jare Ajayi, Afenifere said that the recent attacks on communities and persons in the South have increased, which has left the populace in terror.

In order to discuss the need to create state police “as a matter of urgent necessity,” he encouraged the governors of the various states to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly’s top officials.

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Afenifere also hailed the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for ordering that Close Circuit Television be installed and used in places of worship, schools, parks and other public and private places in the state.

It noted;

Given the limitations of state governments in the control of security apparati in their respective states, it is incumbent that they are allowed to transform their present security organisations such as Amotekun into a full-fledged police so that they would be in a better position to effectively utilise the information gathered from the CCTV monitoring.

The group also lamented the rate of killing, maiming and kidnapping for ransom in the South, saying these must be stopped by all means.

Afenifere said;

From all indications, state governors have a lot of clout because the constitution invests them with a lot of powers. They should, as chief security officers of their respective states, impress it on the powers that be in Abuja that the country is now in such a serious crossroads security wise that they must be allowed to take the bull by the horn. They can do this by having state police.

 

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