Lack of Planning Increases Spate Of Kidnapping – Analyst

A legal practitioner, Emeka Onohwakpor has said that lack of planning contributes to the rise in cases of kidnapping, including the kidnapping of  human rights activist, Mike Ozekhome.

Mr. Onohwakpor said the Police was ill prepared for the kidnappers who took Mr Ozekhome captive, disclosing that there was an exchange of fire between the police and the kidnappers, before Mr Ozekhome was taken.

“The police didn’t have the Rapid Response Squad team on ground,” he said.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Onohwakpor advised that air support system should be put in place in the fight against crime.

He also highlighted the need to increase the use of technology in fighting crime and corruption. “There is so much corruption in the air, we don’t have good role models,” he said.

Mr. Onohwakpor further called on security personnel in the country, including immigration officers to join forces in curbing the kidnapping menace.

Human Rights Activist, Mike Ozekhome,

They Voted For Suntai, Not Acting Governor – Analyst

Public affairs analyst, Achike Chude, has said that the long absence of Taraba’s Governor Danbaba Suntai from office, without redress, is evidence of loopholes in the Nigerian constitution as the governor is the one voted to rule and not an ‘acting governor’.

Although, the constitution has made provisions that the deputy governor take over as ‘acting governor’ when the governor is indisposed, Mr Chude argues that “the people who voted for the governor, voted for the governor, they didn’t vote for the acting governor to be governor”.

This he said while reacting to the news of Governor Suntai’s expected return to office after a plane accident which took place in October 2012.

Using former First Lady, Turai Yar’adua, as an example, he highlighted that there was a failure to learn from history whereby “a few people who do not have any legal basis for directing the affairs of state” hold government and the people to ransom.

“That was not resolved right” because the people involved in the various acts were never called to book.

The culture of impunity may be at play in Taraba state even though “it was unfortunate that the governor had an accident. Unfortunate that he was injured” but this is about “a few people who are in power, who have availed themselves with all the trappings of power in a most undemocratic manner.

They do that through subterfuge, intrigue, outright manipulation of the system, corruption, intimidation, and sometimes outright threats against political opponents and at the end of the day, the whole state lie in comatose”.

Arguing that such long absence from office is unacceptable, he said the constitution doesn’t provide adequate instructions on the proper steps to take in such situations.

He also attributed the citizens’ silence regarding the matter to ‘the complacency and docility of the people,” adding that, the ignorance and illiteracy of the people is to be blamed.

He said “all of these things have a role to play when you are talking about effective administration of a people.”

“Our people have been so much marginalised… so they have surrendered their mandate to a few people who has taken it upon themselves to determine the direction of their state”.

Insurgents Pushed Jonathan To The wall – Analyst

A public affairs analyst, Tunde Badamosi, says the declaration of emergency rule in three northern states was a last resort for President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Badamosi who was on Channels Television’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily, maintained that the President’s action became inevitable having reached out to them for dialogue but the sect members responded by declaring war.

He said the President was under pressure at some point and had to soft pedal a bit, allow some deliberations to go on, but at the end of the day the bombings didn’t stop. This, he says, prompted the President to step up the military efforts.


Expect More Terrorist Groups – Security Expert

The security challenges the country has been experiencing in recent time might not cease soon despite the proposed ceasefire talks between the Federal Government and Boko Haram.

A security analyst, Bosun Abolarinwa maintains that the last of these insurgencies is yet to be seen as it is near impossible for terrorism to start and just fade away.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the end of it so far; terrorism is not something that will come into the system and just go away like that,” he said.

The security expert who was a guest on our breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, said if terrorism can gain access into a system which also involves insurgencies, it will take almost 50 years to phase it out of Nigeria if the government is doing what it ought to be doing at the moment.

He said also that there will be more groups because of disagreements and differing ideologies over time, which will trigger the creation of several terrorist groups.