Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has criticized the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for refusing to support the creation of State Police to address the nation’s deteriorating security condition.
When delivering a presentation in Ogun State with the subject “Good Governance or Misgovernance: The Contract Called Democracy,” Falana accused Buhari of failing to adequately address the nation’s insecurity situation.
The human rights attorney claims that the current administration is likewise doing little to stop the economy’s mismanagement.
He pointed out that while the state governments are reluctantly permitted to establish state or regional security organizations, they are not permitted to arm them.
Assaulting terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, herders, and robbers with AK-47s, according to Falana, is predicted to result in the suicide of members of the regional security forces who are equipped with cutlasses and Dane guns.
The paper reads in part: “In view of the fact that the civilian Joint Task Force operatives are given licences to bear arms and ammunition, I have asked state governments to sue the Federal Government for refusing to grant licences to the personnel of regional security outfits for allowing dangerous criminals to breach the constitutional rights of unarmed citizens to life and dignity.
“Furthermore, it is discriminatory to deny licences to 5,000 state security personnel to bear arms to protect millions of unarmed citizens while a few individuals are granted licences to acquire weapons to protect themselves and their family members.
“Curiously, some state governors have also complained about the refusal of the National Security Adviser to approve the applications for End Users Certificates for importation of Drones to monitor and expose terrorists and kidnappers hiding in the forests.”
“With respect, such sabotage of security ought to be challenged in the Federal High Court as the National Security Adviser has not been conferred with the power by any law to grant or reject the requests of governors to acquire equipment to secure the areas that have been exposed to danger by the Federal Government.”
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