BY VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
Umbrella body for senior staff associations in the country, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has called on the intelligence hierarchy in the country to investigate the likely role of security personnel in the increasing bomb blasts and attacks in parts of the country, saying “something tells us that the choice of military and security targets in majority of the blast suggests a deep involvement of military and security personnel.”
Reacting to Thursday morning suicide bomb attack on the Police Headquarters, Abuja, TUC said it was saddened by the recurring cases of bomb blast in the country that appears to have defied any solution from security agencies.
TUC in a statement by its President-General and Secretary- General Comrade Peter Esele and Chief John Kolawole, respectively, lamented the Thursday morning suicide bomb blast at the Headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force, Abuja, and said, “We view this attack as an embarrassing strike at the very heart of our security establishment and targeted at the nation head of security, the Inspector General of Police as an indication that Nigerians are not safe.
It is also a slap on our security system. We vehemently suggest that all our security personnel be sent for training on how to curb high-tech crime taking a cue from a few States who retrained some policemen with the help of Israeli security.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, escaped by a whisker as the suspected suicide bomber, who drove behind his convoy into the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, but others were not as lucky as they paid the supreme price for the negligence of a few .
We are even more sadden because moments before the blast, the IGP and Marilyn Ogar, SSS spokesperson, were quoted on the media as boasting on how prepared they were against terrorism and planned to smoke out the Boko Haram sect from existence.”