By Kingsley Omonobi
Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, Tuesday,declared that the current security challenges confronting the nation were a threat to democracy noting that it has seriously retarded the delivery of democratic dividends in some parts of the country.
Speaking at the opening of the National Summit on Security Challenges in Abuja, the IGP said, “The security situation in Nigeria, in recent times has been a source of great concern to all patriotic citizens and to the international friends of Nigeria.’
“The security challenges posed by the oil politics resonated with militancy in the Niger Delta, the rampant kidnapping in the South East, communal, ethnic and religious crisis predominant in the North; and the current terror crimes exemplified by the Boko Haram insurgency, combined to inform the urgent need for a summit of this nature to enable critical stakeholders brainstorm on the ways to forge ahead.”
“The foregoing informed the step taken by the Nigerian Police Force in collaboration with Vanguard Newspaper to convene this national summit on security challenges, the IG said, “As the country grows in terms of development, so is the nature and sophistication of threats being faced. It is indisputable that security plays unquantifiable role in the growth and development of any human society. It is fundamental to the very existence of the society”.
‘Security is undoubtedly the foundation on which any society’s socio-economic cum political development are built. Insecurity, therefore, is a venomous threat to the wellbeing of the citizens of any nation and a cankerworm that destroys the root that holds the existence of any nation”.
Continuing the IG said, “The import of this summit is to harness ideas and strategies on how to combat the current security impasse in the country. I strongly believe that the Nigerian Police is not alone in the dire quest for solutions to the country’s security problems which tend to retard democratic dividends in some parts of the country”.
Roll Call at the Summit
Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade, Rtd, Representative of President Goodluck Jonathan; Inspector- General of Police, IGP Abubakar Mohammed; FCTA Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed represented by Dr. Bashir Mohammed, Director Security Services, FCTA; Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro; Former IGP Gambo Jimeta; IGP Mike Okiro, Rtd; Mr. Sam Amuka, Publisher, Vanguard Newspaper; Gbenga Adefaye, GM/Editor-in-Chief Vanguard Newspaper; Deputy Governor Kogi State, Arc. Yomi Awoniyi; Deputy Governor, Plateau State, Ignatius Longjam; Olusegun Abolarin, representative of Oyo State governor; Major Tunde Pinos, rtd, Special Adviser, Security to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State; CP Olayinka Balogun representative of Ogun state Governor; Permanent Secretaries, Police Affairs and Police Service Commission; Commissioner of Police, FCT, Aderenle Shinaba; Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN; Femi Falana, SAN; Barrister Mike Ejiofor; Professor Itse Sagay; Professor E. O. Alemika; Mr. Lawrence Alobi,former commissioner of Police, FCT; DIG Kachi Udeorji; DIG Peter Gana; AIG S. Arase; AIG Felix Ogbaudu, Rtd; Navy Cdr Effedua, Provost Marshall, Nigerian Navy; CP S. A Disu-Olajoku.
Others are: Comrade Ali Abacha; Dr. Otive Igbuzor; HRH. Alhaji Aliyu Damesi, Royal Palace, South Ibie; CP Adams Audu; CSP Sylvester Uzoefuna Jnr.;CSP Ofem Arikpo; CP M.J. Gana; CP Titi Busa; CP Yerima Irimiya F. CSP Emmanuel Asufi; SP. Jude Agbanajelu; ACP Suleiman Buhari; CSP D.R. Abibo; CSP Samuel Ejaifo; Smart Edema; David Meme; Collins Arkhamoni; Tony Ede; Kanabar Ovie Duke; Oke Idawehe; Prince Sunny Ejumedia; Abdulkadir Habau; Charles Alika; Yahaya Omale; Alhassan Yahuza; Kacharo Kazzah; Adebayo Temitope; Lawrence Udoh.
DCP Olusola Amore; DCP Gabriel Achong; ACP Celestine Okoye; CP J. Arebiye; CP S.A. Ogbonna; CP Sylvester A.
AIG B.A. Hassan; DCP Edet Peter; ACP Olumide Kayode; CP Lawal Tanko; ACP Musa Adze; AIG Ibrahim Abdu; Nathan Karah; ACP Abdulkadir Jimoh; ACP Garba M.D.; DCP Alkali B. Usman.
AIG Suleiman A.; DCP Titus Lamorde; CP A.S. Fana; AIG M.J. Abubakar; ACP Isaac Akinmoyede; CP Femi Ogunbayode; ACP Ahmed Azare; DCP Tunde Sobulo; ACP Alhassan Mohammed; SP Abubakar Yakubu; DCP Sani Isyaku; ACP Shehu Ikara; DCP Zakum Ahmed; ACP Mohammed Jimoh; CSP M.B.Giwa; SP Olutoyin Enisenyin; SP Madu Miringa; CSP Osifo Emefile; CP Y.G Ardo; DC Habila Joshua; SP Danlami Yusuf; CSP Olumese; SP Yahaya Jega; CP M.F Sule; AIG Aliyu Musa; ACP Alkasim Sanusi; DSP Ghazzah Mohammed; SP Kevin Olusegun…