Ekweremadu canvasses state of emergency to curtail insecurity in Nigeria


Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has canvassed declaration of state of emergency on security across the country over alarming insecurity in the nation.

Speaking at Tuesday’s plenary in contribution to a report on national security, he explained that killings in Benue and other parts of the country has reached its peak, adding that if nothing was done, it would lead to civil war.

While expressing worries, he said, the intelligence community were no longer at ease with the development.

He said: “its not only the Senate that is reacting, but even the intelligence community too.”

Referring to section 14(2)b which he said, emphasised on security and protection of lives and property, he added that observation of silence in honour of the dead as a result of the violence was overwhelming and was no longer acceptable.

While showing copies of national dailies with alarming editorial on insecurity in the nation, Ekweremadu wondered that violence was being perpetrated despite different security outfits in Benue and other places.

He said: “state of emergency on security would afford government to check those in possession of firearms”

“When state of emergency is declared, certain freedom and proviledges are taken away from the people temporarily for purposes of strict security.”

“The state of emergency is not about removing governors of states, but would helps us to secure our borders from foreign mercenaries coming into the country as was reflected in the Committee report.”

He also suggested decentralised Police as effective way of cheking insecurity in Nigeria.

“We will decentralise our Police Force which we have been running away from and things are not working. In Canada, Spain and other places across the world, they have a decentralized Police and things are working well there”, he added.

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