Nigeria: Wike seeks UN’s support over security threats

Nigeria: Wike seeks UN’s support over security threats

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has requested for the support of United Nations in resolving the security threats in the State and other parts of Nigeria. He sued for the establishment of state police as a solution to the prevailing security challenges in the Country. The governor stated this view when the United Nations Special

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has requested for the support of United Nations in resolving the security threats in the State and other parts of Nigeria.

RIVERS STATE GOVERNOR, NYESOM WIKE

He sued for the establishment of state police as a solution to the prevailing security challenges in the Country.

The governor stated this view when the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Callamard Agnes, visited him at Government House, Port Harcourt on a fact-finding mission.

He noted that the present security structure in the country makes it difficult for the Federal Government-controlled police to respond quickly to the grueling security challenges facing Nigerians.

He said: “We believe that there should be state police for us to effectively fight crimes in the country. Our system is fashioned after the United States, which has Federal, states and local police.

“Each of them has their responsibilities. In the present situation, if a crime is committed, the Commissioner of Police (CP) reports to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) before taking action,” he said.

He told the United Nations delegation that the Rivers State Government established the State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency to support security agencies with information, but it was frustrated from commencing operations for political reasons.

Responding, Callamard Agnes said she was in state to document the nature and extent of killings by state and non-state actors.“I am interested in how the Federal and State governments respond to the challenges of violence by state and non-state actors. I would be grateful if you will share with us information on killings by state and non-state actors,” she said.

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Besides, the Ogoni Youth Federation (OYF) said they were horrified by the daily killings and arson in Ogoniland and inability of government to end violence in the area.

Against this backdrop, OYF President, Yamaabana Legborsi, said the group will today embark on a Save-Our-Soul (SOS) walk to Government House, Port Harcourt to prevail on the state to save Ogoni from imminent extinction.

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