Group accuses withdrawal of PEP escorts from South East and South South – Nigeria – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
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The Foundation for the Advocacy and Development of Environmental Rights (FENRAD) criticized the directive to withdraw politically exposed persons (PPE) escorts in the geopolitical areas of the south-east and south-south of the country.
In a statement yesterday by Executive Director Nelson Nwafor and Chief Legal and Legal Officer Olusegun Bambose, FENRAD also condemned recent attacks on security and other facilities in parts of the country.
The statement read in part: “FENRAD, a human rights and democracy advocacy group, has received with displeasure the news of the recent release of the police ordering all state commands of the five states to the geopolitical zone of the south-east and of Rivers. South-South State to withdraw all police personnel attached to governors, senators and other PEPs in the South-East and South-South.
“While FENRAD fully condemns the recent attacks on security agencies in the South East, primarily against the police, by unknown gunmen, the foundation does not believe it is appropriate or in the national interest for the police issues such an order both all geopolitical areas facing a security threat, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as well as the northern and central states where governors Babagana Zulum, Samuel Ortom and others were targeted by armed men.
The group argued that the Southeast was not the only region to come under attack on law enforcement personnel and facilities, as other regions were also under attack.
“Police and military formations have been attacked in the past and are still attacked in other parts of the country. Is it a strategic measure or simply retaliation on the part of the police to withdraw its personnel on essential duty for the said governors and senators who, by virtue of the constitutional provisions of the country, have no control over the security command of the country? the state, not to mention national security?
“What, given Nigeria’s current security structure, did the police expect Governors and Senators to do when they are not the Commander-in-Chief in whom security? national rests only? ”Argued the pro-democracy group.
According to FENRAD, this draconian police decree gives credence to the fact that the police treat a serious problem such as national security in isolation.
“It’s so sad that such an order stems from a resolution of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, as some sources have claimed. Considering what has happened and has unfolded across the country in recent times, national security requires a holistic approach rather than being given an ethnic or regional color.
“This ordinance, once published, strengthens the debate on state and community policing and the total restructuring of the architecture of national security on the basis of true federalism, which allows governors a certain level of control. on both the security and the internal affairs of their states legitimately. as head of security.