By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA—Immediate past Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo was yesterday pulled out of the Police Force with a declaration that the challenges in the health, education, power and financial sector among others, was responsible for the socio-economic and geo-political consciousness which most times result into the violence we experience nationwide today.
According to Onovo, “There is an ongoing consciousness which has impacted strongly on the youths of this country. This socio-economic and socio-political consciousness sometimes result to violence. This has exhibited itself in the Boko-Haram/Jos crises, kidnapping in the South East and other parts of the country.”
The former IG who was speaking after a farewell parade in his honour and those of the six former DIG’s that retired with him, said, “Our health, education, power, financial, agriculture sectors remain in a state of suspended animation, making them democratic deficits rather than dividends. This has led to angst by the populace thus creating a serious challenge to security.”
Emphasizing that the ‘do-or-die’ nature of our politics has not helped matters, Onovo said, “the myriad of challenges confronting the nation requires the active cooperation of all Nigerians to solve, security inclusive.
“As an emerging democracy, the nation has to collectively deal with issues of patriotism, ethnicity, bigotry and religious intolerance which tended to also fan the embers of violence” he said adding, “these were the situations we met and we did our best to face them.
“As we speak now, the hi-tech equipment needed to assist the police in the fight against crime and criminalities which include helicopters, CCTV cameras, crime scene vehicles, finger print data capturing machines and other high tech equipment have been placed on contract and will soon be delivered.”
While urging the police Reform implementation committee to further intensify ongoing efforts to provide these equipment, Onovo said, “In this era, the use of obsolete equipment and methods should be jettisoned in the light of criminal sophistication as is being presently experienced”.
“Advanced nations like the USA spend a lot of money on security in order to be on top of every situation. That is why acts of terrorism are nipped in the bud proactively. The same should be done here. Security is capital intensive.
Present at the pulling out parade were the minister of Police Affairs, Adamu Maina Waziri Chairman, Police Service Commission, DIG Parry Osayande, Acting Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim among others.