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Insecurity: Ex-Delta assembly speaker demands new crime-fighting strategy

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By Nosa Akenzua,

The former speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Barr Victor Onyekachi Ochei, has backed the growing call for the replacement of service chiefs and employment of new strategies in tackling rising crime wave and insecurity across the country.

Ochei, who is executive director (Maritime Labour and Cabotage) at theNigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), told our correspondent last weekend that the time had come for President Muhammadu Buhari to employ new personnel and tactics in dealing with the security crisis.

He disagreed with claims that Nigeria was drifting into a failed state due to rising insecurity, arguing that “a country could only be described as a failed state when the legal tender is worthless and complete breakdown of law and order”, however admitting the need for the federal government to take proactive measures to address the crisis.

He said:” I am in support of injecting new blood into the system and I recommend that they employ new strategies in the fight against the bandits and other criminal elements in the country that had been terrorising the citizens.”

He expressed optimism that the current insecurity in the country would eventually be abated and sued for patience and understanding as well as support from the affected zones in the collective bid to win the war against Boko Haram and other security issues threatening the peaceful coexistence of the nation.

The former speaker particularly commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his resilience and commitment in strengthening the institutions and making Nigeria a progressive and safer country even as he gave an assurance that NIMASA was irrevocably committed to making the coastal lines safe, adding that the agency was collaborating with neighbouring countries to secure the seas to enhance shipping and other maritime activities in the country.

Ochei, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the Buhari administration, saying that restoring sanity to a country whose resources had been plundered over the years by some corrupt Nigerians would take some time.

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