Representative Tasks Police On Terrorism
EKITI, June 20, (THEWILL) - A member of the House of Representatives member from Ekiti State, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, has challenged the Police Commands in all the 36 states of the Federation, as well as the Federal Capital Territory to prevent the country from being listed as a terrorist state.
Bamidele, who is representing Ekiti Central Federal Constituency 1 at the National Assembly, urged the security agencies to beef up security to serve as a precautionary measure against bombing and acts of terrorism that has become so rampant in the country in the recent time.
The Federal Lawmaker and former Commissioner in Lagos State, expressed deep worry over the spate of bombings and the sudden surge of dreaded act of suicide bombing in the country, as demonstrated in the recent attack on the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, saying the measure could return the country to the list of terrorists’ infected countries.
Recall that the country was listed as a terrorist state during the illness of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua by the United Nations and was delisted when President Goodluck Jonathan, the then Vice President assumed office as Acting President.
In a statement signed by the lawmaker and made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti yesterday, he said the security agencies must be proactive and form a synergy in order to nip in the bud the rising wave of terrorism in the country.
Bamidele, who sympathized with the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, who was deemed to have been the target of the attack on the Force headquarters, also commiserated with the families of bomb attacks that had been witnessed in the country in the recent time.
The Federal Legislator also praised Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for presenting security alert system, a coded Information and Communication Technology Device to the State Police Command in detection of crime and gathering of information from the public.
The Action Congress of Nigeria chieftain noted that the gesture would go a long way in tackling the tide of crime and act of terrorism in the State.
The Representative further advised the Governors of the Northern states, where the bombing and terrorists attacks have been rampant to dialogue with the radical Islamic in
“When the militants in the Niger Delta wanted to turn the country upside down, the late President Umaru Yar’Adua set up the amnesty programme by reaching out to these groups of militant youths to drop their weapons and embrace dialogue instead of full fledge war. To the best of my knowledge, the scheme has yielded immense dividends because relative peace has been restored in the Niger Delta. So, the Governors of the Northern States could meet with the President and introduce this programme in the overall interest of the nation,” the lawmaker stated.