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Criminals running riot, don’t wait for state police magic, Peter Obi tells FG, govs



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Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, has called on the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Federal Government and the governors of the 36 states of the federation not to wait for the creation of state police before hurrying to stop the criminals running riot in the country.

The Federal Government and governors recently agreed on creating state police as insecurity continues to increase nationwide.

But Obi, reacting through his official X (formerly Twitter) handle on Monday, said immediate efforts should be made to curb the increasing kidnapping and killings in the country, saying the proposed implementation of the state police creation may take a while.

He wrote, “While the idea of state policing, as discussed recently by the President and the 36 state governors, is a welcome development, and while looking forward to its implementation, which may still take a while, all efforts, at the moment, should be geared towards ending the ugly trend of insecurity in the nation.

“We should not just wait for the proposed state police to do the magic while we become lackadaisical and allow criminals to run riot like the recent reports in Zamfara and Kaduna states.”

He added, “Waking up every day to the sad news of terror attacks around the country remains very worrisome. Recently, gunmen were reported to have attacked a mosque in Katsina, killing worshippers and abducting several villagers.

“A terrorist attack was also reported in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where six persons were reportedly killed and about 50 abducted. What is more worrisome is that these terrorists now boldly target security agents.

“Just yesterday, bandits were said to have attacked a police station in Zamfara, killing the Divisional Crime Officer, DCO. These and many other violent attacks and kidnappings-for-ransom in the country should keep the government and security agencies on their toes.

“Such a high level of insecurity, when combined with the high level of hunger and poverty in the country, forms a perfect recipe for disaster in our nation. We must, therefore, take all possible measures to ensure the security of lives and property in our dear nation.”


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