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Herdsmen attacks: Ex-lawmaker, others want police restructured

The ongoing controversy surrounding the activities of the Fulani herdsmen have continued to draw the attention of some stakeholders in the country, especially concerned citizens from the Southeastern part of the country.

Some of them include a former lawmaker in the Second Republic, Professor Nkwo Nnabuchi, the Immediate past Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Comrade Opalaukwu Opalaezeukwu and a private Legal practitioner, Barrister Okoli Akirika.

The three stakeholders expressly stated that if the leaders in the country truly want the problem of herdsmen fixed the Nigeria police must under go serious restructuring.

Speaking differently, the former lawmaker, Nkwo Nnabuchi expressed disappointment over non-challant attitude of lawmakers at the National Assembly and the States House of Assembly, calling on them to promulgate a law that would restrict the herdsmen from moving around with weapons of mass destruction.

On his part, the chieftain of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Opalaukwu Opalaezeukwu, called for maximum unity of Igbos to tackle and challenge.

Opalaezeukwu said: “One of the solutions to the herdsmen attack is for Igbos to speak with one voice. Let us say no to these herdsmen without fear of favour. Our lives are precious. We can’t fold our arms seeing our family being butchered and the leaders of this country are calm.”

Also speaking, Barrister, Okoli Akirika, emphasised the need to restructure the Nigeria Police to have a reorientation.

He said: “Is it appalling that State governors cannot give order to the police and it’s been executed. They wait until the order comes from above. This is an aberration. There is need to establish state police, to ensure adequate security of lives and property.

“Those pointing accusing fingers at president Muhummondu Buhari are urged to desist from it, rather the accusation should be detected at state governors for failing to protect the lives and property of their citizens despite the chief security officer in the state.” he pointed.

“Amist the controversies it is hope that government and the governed come to equilibrium on the way forward and provide lasting solution to the problem, he added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stories by John Ndu,

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