Not Rescuing 8 A/Ibom Corps Members In Zamfara, IGP’s Failure-: HURIWA To Presidency

Not Rescuing 8 A/Ibom Corps Members In Zamfara, IGP’s Failure-: HURIWA To Presidency

… Slams Defence Minister on Lack of Incompetence

… Says Intelligence Not Prayers to Conquer Terrorists

For the umpteenth time in a week, the President, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been told to compel his acting Inspector-General of Police Mr. Kayode Egbetokun to personally undertake the swift rescue of the 8 Corpers of the NYSC kidnapped by terrorists in Zamfara State on their way to the camp two weeks ago.

Stressing that the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, is a symbol of the nation’s unity and any attack on members of the NYSC posted to serve in any part of the Country, must be categorise as a crime that falls under the priority list.

HURIWA said the management of the NYSC has done all that it can to guarantee the security of the corpers adding that bulk of responsibility to protect the corpers lies squarely on IGP.

The Rights group lamented that over the years, heads of security services have escaped the big hammer from the appointing authority even when evidence abound of a clear dereliction of duty by these officers. This failure of supervision on the part of the appointing authority has inflicted a regime of gross indiscipline and failure of professional ethics on the part of the heads of the security agencies in the Country.

National Coordinator of Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko affirmed that the Nigeria Police has all the regulatory frameworks to effectively rescue these youngsters taken away by terrorists for over two weeks.

It said a perusal of all the statutory provisions that capture the duties of the NPF have strengthened the police to carry out her security duties just as the Rights group said the IGP has failed to carry out his legal duties by failing to clinically rescue the 8 National Youth Service Corps members.

“We expect that the IGP should lead from the front and not to become accustomed to his cosy and heavily air-conditioned office in the nation’s Capital whilst 8 Corpers are languishing amidst pain and pangs with hardened terrorists inside the forests of Zamfara State.”

“HURIWA also criticised the minister of defence for saying that Nigeria needs prayers to be able to checkmate the heightened state of insecurity all around the Country even as the Rights group said the statement is a manifestation of crass incompetence and a clear justification of widespread criticisms that trailed the selection of ministers recently by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for which many analysts say most of the cabinet level appointees are simply round pegs in square holes.

Badaru said that with the complex nature of the security challenges and other aspects of national development, “one could only ask for prayers to succeed”.

The group however, carpeted the Defence minister for his pedestrian approach to the fight against terrorism and ways and means of defeating the agents of instability and insecurity in the country.


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