Week Ended on 20th November 2020 – Security Update
APC CHAIRMAN’S MURDER AND DAMPENED POLICE ENTHUSIASM
The aftermath of the #ENDSARS protest across Nigeria and brutal and senseless killings of police personnel and destruction of many police stations has had recurring implications on the psyche of many professional and hardworking police officers in the country sacrificing their lives to protect the citizenry. This has led to slow response to reported cases of security threats to lives and properties of citizens as a result of which criminal elements have taken advantage and now operate without fear.
The abduction and subsequent murder of the Nasarawa State APC Chairman, Mr. Philip Shekwo, is one of such unfortunate security incidences. This requires that relevant government agencies and particularly the Police high command to urgently take steps to motivate the police back to work. This can be done by ensuring that the death colleagues’ families are not left in the cold, upgrade of their emoluments in line with current economic realities and general improvement of the work environment among others.
Other security flash points in other parts of the country for the week ended 20th November 2020 indicate the following:
- 16th 2020, a man believed to be mentally unstable set himself and girlfriend ablaze at Inikpi street in High Level, Makurdi in Benue State, it was gathered that the incident occurred on Saturday evening after the man poured petrol on himself and the girlfriend in a locked room and ignited the fire. This may be attributed to the hash economic realities across many communities.
- 16th 2020, report has it that at least 15 people were killed on Sunday and many others abducted when kidnappers blocked the Kaduna-Abuja expressway around 5pm, witnesses said. The incident happened around Gidan Busa, a village not far away from Rijana, which is 133kilometers to Abuja, it was gathered that nearly 20 vehicles were forced to stop at the bushy and sloppy location when the gunmen laid siege, the location had no security presence at the time of the attack.
- 17th 2020, information has it that, no fewer than eight persons were forcefully abducted on Sunday night at gunpoint by unknown persons in Calabar, Cross river state.
- 18th 2020, Eight persons were purportedly abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, the victims were said to have been kidnapped while travelling on the road between Okhuessan and Emu in Esan South East LGA of Edo state, it was gathered that the gunmen emerged from a nearby bush, forced a red coloured bus to stop before dispossessing the occupants of the vehicle of their belongings.
- 19th 2020, suspected bandits killed three personnel of Kaduna State Vigilance Service (KADVIS) in Chikun LGA of the state, it was gathered that the incident happened at a place called Dende village while returning from Damba-kasaya in Buruku, they were returning from the community when they were attacked and three of them were killed.
- 19th 2020, Kidnappers abducted five brothers in Pegi community in Kuje Area Council of the FCT, it was gathered that they were kidnapped around 11:00pm on Monday when gunmen invaded their house in an estate. The gunmen operated for over 20 minutes without firing a shot and before the policemen from the Pegi outpost and naval officers arrive the scene, the gunmen had escaped with the children.
ASSESSMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
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