By Chioma Obinna & Oluchi Muogbo
Human Rights Writersâ€™ Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), Monday, condemned the continuous rise in organised crime especially violent abduction and kidnapping of some prominent Nigerians and the inability of security agents in the country to tackle the ugly trend.
The group also tasked the Federal Government to set up a joint military and police task force comprising the best trained operatives in intelligence as part of workable measures to check the trend of kidnapping across the nation.
HURIWA in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko,further canvassed constitutionan amendments by the National Assembly to include provisions for the creation of community police and other vigilance groups made up of persons of untainted characters to assist the federal police and other law enforcement agents in the rural areas.
Their duties, he said, would focus on preventing the occurrence of organised crime and where necessary to arrest and hand over suspected criminals to the Nigeria police for prosecution in the court of competent jurisdiction.
Onwubiko also charged the newly appointed Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ogbonna Onovo, to introduce training programmes on intelligence gathering and anti-kidnapping law enforcement mechanisms for operatives of the Nigeria Police as an effective way of tackling the expanding problem of kidnapping.
The group called on the Federal Government to adequately fund the training and re-training of the Police.