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Ex-militants: Owie tasks FG on establishment of state police

By  Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—FORMER Chief whip of the senate, Senator Rowland Owie, has called on the Federal Government to urgently set up machinery for the establishment of a state police and the national guard where the disarmed militants could be absorbed.

Owie, who commended President Umaru Yar’Adua for the amnesty granted to militants in the Niger Delta, however described as absurd the statement credited to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Vincent Ogbulafor, that the party was planning a rally for the successful conclusion of the amnesty programme.

Speaking to Vanguard in Benin City, Senator Owie, who also is the leader of Action Congress (AC) in Edo State, said the laudable effort of the president may fail unless the ex-militants were employed into security outfits where they would easily fit in, since they could handle guns properly.

According to him, “we were meant to understand that these boys are well organized more than some organizations.

“So I do not see any measure that can rehabilitate most of the militants who have become used to handling weapons, even very sophisticated weapons, more sophisticated than what we have in Nigeria. It is difficult for a prostitute taken from a brothel to be told not to have sex.

“So I recommend that the National Assembly and the Presidency put into motion urgently the legal frame work for the immediate establishment of a state police and National or Coastal Guard, where these boys will be employed and be useful to the society.”

On the comment credited to Ogbulafor, Owie said that “ all Nigerians should thank God for what has happened so far as regards the amnesty.

“It is not a victory for any political party. So it is absurd for Ogbulafor to be crediting the success to the PDP.

“The party ought to be remorseful over the whole matter. Nigerians know that kidnapping has never been part of known crimes until the do or die politics of their garrison commander was introduced into the Nigeria politics”.


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