Insecurity: ‘Empower traditional rulers, police’
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The Federal Government has been urged to empower traditional rulers and policemen to checkmate incessant kidnapping in Nigeria.
The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, who in a statement by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, condemned the rate of kidnapping, beseeched government to maximally fund the police and initiate a special security impress for monarchs who are the closest authority to the grassroots.
Oluwo equally called for enactment of severe penalty on kidnapping convicts, saying such will instill fear of legal reprisal on their illegal action.
“Traditional rulers should be empowered to domesticate security at the grassroots which constitutes higher percentage of the hideouts for kidnappers. Co-opting monarchs will unavoidably decimate security threat. But traditional institutions should be given security vote to engage local hunters, vigilante, agbekoyas and trusted local OPC, among others.
“Ordinarily, I’m trying my utmost in my domain and very yielding, but the institution I represent deserves security funding to act more.
“I’ve personally arrested a criminal in my domain and handed him over to the police. I know the nooks and crannies of my city. No criminal can survive with illegality here. I’ve instilled the fear, this has decimated atrocities in Iwo. My institution is ready to do more if empowered by engaging trusted local security details”.
“The police saddled with this primary responsibility is under funded and under staffed. Nigeria of over 200million population is parading about 300,000 policemen. The police should be equipped with modern tools, encouraging salary and better job security as motivation for maximal performance”.
The monarch said government should provide surveillance helicopters to aid technical detective assignments by the police, most especially when investigating kidnappers’ hideouts.
He moved that strict punishment should be enacted and upheld by agencies of government noting that the fear of legal reprisal can equally disabuse some perpetrators.
He stressed that the ultimate panacea is the implementation of robust youth based programmes and empowerment for the Nigerian youth