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Stop Blaming Jonathan For Police Commissioner’s Murder – Okupe

Channels Television  
Updated March 5, 2013

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe has criticised the comments by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) that the inability of the Federal Government to guarantee the security of the country is an indication of a failing state.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr. Okupe stated that criminality exists everywhere in the world but he admitted that the Federal Government has an over-riding duty to ensure the safety of lives and properties.

Disagreeing with the stance by the ACN’s spokesperson that the killing of the Kwara State Commissioner of Police is an indication that Nigeria is fast becoming a failed state, Mr. Okupe stated that the killing of the Police boss cannot be taking as an index of a failed state because in advanced countries, such killings do occur and nobody lays such deaths on their Presidents or denigrate their countries.

He, however, gave the assurance that the Federal Government is doing everything to ensure that the perpetrators of the crime are made to face the full weight of the law.

The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr Chinwe Asadu, was murdered over the weekend by unknown gunmen in Enugu State.

Cheap Political Points

Mr. Okupe also took a swipe at the recent visit to Borno State by some governors under the aegis of the All Progressives Congress (APC) saying the visit was borne out of the governors’ ambition to score cheap political points.

Meanwhile, President Jonathan is also expected to visit Borno State later this week.