Deputy Governor of Edo State, Rt. Hon. Comrade Phillip Shaibu, has clamoured for the reconstitution of the Nigerian security sector by the National Assembly.
The Acting Governor, who aired his views during a condolence visit to the family of deceased Reverend Father Christopher Odia of the St Michael’s Catholic Church, opined that a legislative change is the only viable option to tackle the current level of insecurity in the country. Comrade Shaibu was accompanied by heads of Edo State security agencies to Ikabigbo, Uzauire, in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State. He also addressed key stakeholders of the community of the killed vigilante Yusuf Nurudeen.
The killings were condemned by Comrade Shaibu; who vowed that the government will bring the offenders to book. He added that security personnels are currently following a trail to apprehend the killers.
Addressing the youths, the Acting Governor emphasised on the importance of the younger generation in standing up to defend their locale; and encouraged security operatives to step up efforts to safeguard the people and properties of Uzauire, and Edo State entirety.
Comrade Shaibu reiterated the need for citizens to take personal security seriously; as the government continues to tackle the bane of insecurity in Nigeria.
‘I believe the whole issue of security should be holistic and we cannot do it in isolation of the Federal Government and the local government.
‘What we have seen today is a sign of almost, I won’t say a failed state, but something close to it. And with this, I would say we need to rejig our local government system and the clamour for state police should be more now than ever before. I believe the National Assembly should go beyond mere motions and resolutions, we should amend our laws to have Federal security, state and local government security.
‘We have seen what happened here and it’s obvious that we need to rejig our security architecture. We are not here just for condolence visits, we are here for an on-the-spot assessment of what went wrong. I must say that going by information gathered so far, we are going to improve on our present security architecture.
‘We are going to train and retrain our vigilantes, working with the police on how to go on rescue missions because we observed that there were some lapses on their part on the issues of rescuing.
‘And to the young man (vigilante) who was killed during the rescue mission, he was a Muslim, which means that the present security challenges have nothing to do with religion but just criminality which we must all rise against.
‘And all of us should be security men and women now when you see something report and don’t harbour anybody in your house without clearance from the community leaders and when we do this together we will drastically reduce these unholy acts,’ he stated.
The Edo State Deputy Governor lauded the effort of the youths in capturing some of the gunmen believed to be responsible for the killings.
The angry youths who went after the armed kidnappers, were able to apprehend two of the suspected kidnappers and burnt one to death while the other was whisked away by the Police in Ikabigbo, Uzairue, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state and was lynched.
Father Christopher Odia was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the early hours of June 26. He was killed by his aggrieved abductors following a shootout with a vigilante group–who lost one of their own, Yusuf Nurudeen during the incident.