Multiple security agencies linked to national insecurity – Okeke
By Millicent Onaga, Enugu
The executive director of AfriHeritage, Professor Ufo Okeke, last weekend, said that national security appeared to have been severely compromised in spite of the proliferation of security agencies.
He stated that over 70,000 deaths had been recorded in the past eight years arising from insecurity.
Okeke said that, more recently, Nigerians had been fed with sensational stories about deadly exploits of armed bandits who have been terrorising parts of Nigeria, noting that most parts of the North had become enclaves of armed banditry by reputed hoodlums and cattle rustlers.
“Over the past two or three years, Nigeria has fallen deeper into problems associated with conflict and peace.
“Although we have a state of non-conflict in the Niger Delta region, we do not have peace there. In the Northeast of our country, Boko Haram menace has continued despite previous claims that they have been defeated.
“Quite frankly, there are no regions/zones, in Nigeria these days, that are free of serious or deadly drama. As things stand, national security appears to be severely compromised despite the farcical proliferation of security agencies,” he stated.