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Dung advocates state control on Police commissioners, SSS director

By Taye Obateru

Jos — A former Military Administrator of Delta State, Col. John Dung (rtd), has joined in the call that state governors be allowed to have greater control on state police commissioners and directors of the State Security Services to enable them  promptly contain security problems in their states.

This was coming as security agencies in the country are said to be working on a theory of the possibility of any link between the violence in the Plateau State capital and current succession crisis at the federal level.

Dung told journalists yesterday that the present situation where they (governors) could not get the security officials to act until the officers get clearance from Abuja made them (governors) chief security officers without portfolio.

He also urged the Federal Government to cooperate more with state governments in the maintenance of peace, noting that the experience all over the country was that the attitude of the centre had not been helpful to states in dealing with security breaches.

Dung cited the 2008 crisis in Jos after which case files of suspects were taken to Abuja but were not returned for them to be prosecuted, adding that the various tiers of government have roles to play in maintaining peaceful co-existence and security.

On the security scoop, Vanguard learnt followed security information that the crisis might have been triggered to precipitate a crisis that would reverberate across the country and divert attention from the controversy surrounding the health of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Security sources contacted downplayed the matter, describing the theory as just one of the various being explored in an attempt to unravel the cause of the crisis.

However, a more reliable source told Vanguard yesterday that the theory could not be ruled out considering the determination of certain forces not to see power shift to any other part of the country for now.


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