By Nosa Akenzua
A retired police commissioner in Delta state, Chief Ikechuwku Aduba, has faulted what he described as shoddy process in several failed moves to tackle insecurity in Nigeria, lamenting that the inspector general of police (IGP) Mr Muhammed Abubakar Adamu’s strategies were not effectively ascertained to defeat those behind the nefarious activities.
Chief Aduba who spoke to journalists in Asaba, said that “From my personal experience in the police force and even now, the state governors are doing so much to keep police commands alive. It’s on record that as police Commissioner in Delta state, the state government did a lot to keep the police command afloat, providing logistics and so much in order to keep the state safe.”
Recall that last week accusation of the state governors of not doing enough to address the security challenges in their respective states by the Inspector General of Police ( IGP) Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, a statement Chief Aduba described as worrisome, disappointing and most unfair to the governors who by the security arrangements of Nigeria, are near handicapped to effectively take up such challenges
He said “The police force is constitutionally under the federal government and not the state governments but it’s sad to say that state governors have had to provide resources like funds, logistics and even accommodation to the police in their respective states.
“In Anambra state under Gov Willie Obiano, the state government had provided over 4000 vehicles and other logistics to the police in order to assist it to fight crime. Therefore, for the IGP to have accused the state governors of not doing enough to check insecurity in their states was most unfair.”
Aduba, currently the chairman, Anambra State Vigilante Group, said that “rather than blaming the state governors, the IGP should be made to realize that if not for state governments, no police command can survive in Nigeria because of their level of assistance to the force, adding that the IGP should focus on the many challenges of the police force that include manpower shortage, absence of relevant trainings and death of police training institutions across the country. He said that as a way of finding solutions to the security challenges in the states,the federal government should revisit the issue of decentralizing the police force in order to make it more efficient and relevant.