…Says Amotekun, others should have been establish 10 years ago
….Only involvement of communities can give safety to the people
Blames elites,civil servants and traditional rulers for herders crisis
Director of the Pan African Strategic and Policy Research,PANAFSTRAG,General Isolated Williams, retd,has said that the federal government is not serious in finding lasting solution to the Farmers/herdsmen crisis which derived impetus from banditry.
According to him,the declaration of the former Army Chief,General Buratai that the nations insecurity mat last for twenty years could come to pass except communities in the country are directly involved in policing their areas.
As a result,the former director of Doctrine and Training of the Nigerian Army,said only the reorganisation of the nations police system which will reflect a bottom to top approach in solving safety issues through community policing,could solve the problem.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Newdawnngr.com, the retired military chief said community policing would involve all and sundry adding that deploying policemen to areas they are not used to could not solve the problem.
He said that the hierarchy of command of the police system should be structural such that urban areas like Lagos which has more problems because of the existence of slums which in itself breeds crime should have a unique police system rooted in the communities and not organised from the top as we have now.
Said he,”As things stands out today,any state without community police will suffer and outfits like the Amotekun should be brought in to bring safety into their respective communities.”
He said since Amotekun and others like it are trained,it should be easier for them to combat community based crimes easier than Hisbah,hunters and vigilantes which are not trained for communal policing.
He also spoke of the need to involve local and indigenous people to combat safety issues like Boko Haram in their areas adding that since Boko Haram is local,”it is better to engage Kanuri elders to talk to their people rather than bring military from outside to compound the problem.”
“Why can’t Kanuri people talk to their aggrieved Boko Haram militants instead of allowing them to develop more portent powers” declared Williams.
As of now,he said the infiltration of the armed forces by the Boko Haram inductees have compounded the problem.
As for herdsmen,he said since authorities know those who owns the cow used by herdsmen to destroy other peoples farm,it should be easy to bring them under control adding, “nobody can tell me they did not know that those herdsmen don’t own the cows. Most of the problems can be resolved if those who own the cows are involved”.
As for him,the elite,civil servants and traditional rulers know when the herdsmen are settling in their areas and should have dine something about them.
Speaking further,Gen Williams said outfits like Amotekun should have been set up ten years ago to curb the menace of safety in the respective regions of the country adding,” why should we wait for people to be killed before taking up proactive measures”.
He advice the Inspector General of Police to ensure training of outfits like Amotekun and others to curb the rising insecurity in their localities.
He also commended the latest initiatives of south east governors on setting up Ebubeano is late but commendable but expressed his fears on how it will work with the existence of the Eastern security network and the IPOB which are already ingrained in the minds of the people.
“They will soon start fighting each other because the community initiative is slow in coming and at a time the IPOB and ESN are fully on ground” he declared.