By Emma Amaize
WARRI-based Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence, FJHD, yesterday, expressed alarm over the rising cases of kidnapping, armed robbery, assassination and other violent crimes in Warri, Delta State, in recent times.
Coordinator of the group, Mr. Oghenjabor Ikimi, in a statement said, ”we note with dismay the spate of kidnappings in the state, especially the recent kidnap of one Mr Uwala, a Warri-based legal practitioner, by unknown gunmen. We also note with dismay the spate of armed robberies and assassinations in the state.”
Further he said, “the recent murder in cold blood of CSP William Agboghoroma, the Divisional Police Officer of the Nigeria Police Station, Obiaruku by unknown gunmen while attending to a distress call are all a pointer to the worsening state of insecurity in Delta State.
“We call on the executive operators of the three tiers of government, that federal, state and local government areas to stop playing politics with the welfare and security of the citizenry and we further call for a proactive approach by governments at all level in ensuring the welfare and security of its citizenry as provided for by Section 14 subsection 2 paragraph b of the 1999 constitution.
“We also call on the Inspector General of Police, Mr Hafiz Ringin to immediately overhaul and reposition the Delta State Police Command by ordering the mass transfer of policemen from the state Police Command and to inject into the said Command, new policemen from other state Police Commands in the federation, as we make bold to say that the above is the only antidote that would propel the Delta State Police Command into properly tackling violent crime and checking the state of insecurity in the state,” he said.
“We note with further dismay a situation where many policemen presently serving in the Delta State Police Command have remained in a Police Division continuously for years without any transfer and even where transfers are made within the Command, these policemen work their transfers back to their old Police Divisions,” he added.