Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria HURIWA, has warned Inter-agency clashes are detrimental to democracy and must be immediately addressed.
The right group in a statement by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko raised concerns that undemocratic elements within law enforcement agencies are deliberately instigating physical confrontations among the different agencies in order to cause the collapse of constitutional democracy.
HURIWA calls on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as commander-in-chief, to take swift action to restore professionalism and discipline within armed forces and law enforcement bodies.
The group while condemning the unruly behavior which has infiltrated various agencies cited the recent incidents which include a clash between officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and personnel from the Nigerian Air Force at Kaduna Zonal Command; five suspects were arrested for alleged fraud activities.
In another incident in Yola between Nigeria’s Police Force and Army, police inspector Jacob Daniel was killed during an altercation with soldiers who attacked Adamawa Police Command headquarters.
‘’Such inter-agency conflict is unacceptable; it undermines democratic values when operatives deliberately create chaos rather than work together towards common goals. ‘’
HURIWA urges President Tinubu to investigate these clashes thoroughly while taking pragmatic steps towards stamping them out completely.
As a prominent civil society platform advocating quick-win but sustainable synergy amongst security forces and law enforcement agents, we believe that unprofessionalism or indiscipline has no place in any healthy democracy – everything must be done to stave off threats against our democratic institutions.