Insecurity: Fresh Worries Emerge

Insecurity: Fresh Worries Emerge

  • Gani Adams Raises Alarm, Says Terrorists Planning To Extend Attacks To Lagos, Oyo, Ogun
  • Calls For NSA Resignation Intensify

Nigeria’s worsening insecurity came to the fore again on Sunday.


In the latest development, Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, raised fresh alarms that intelligence report at his disposal indicates that terrorists have moved into forests in Osun, Oyo and Ogun States and planning to carry out attacks.




In a statement issued on Sunday by Kehinde Aderemi, his Special Assistant On Media, Adams said the terrorists were seen with a large cache of ammunition.


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He called on South-West Governors to fortify the operations of the South-West Security Network, code-named Amotekun.




“Now that Abuja has seemingly lost the battle to terrorists, the South-West region has been the next target of these destroyers of hope,” the statement reads.




“Information reaching me today is that the terrorists are in-between Osu forest and Ile Ife, Osun state, fully armed with various ammunition and they are presently in the forest between Abeokuta and Ibadan planning to attack us in the South-West.




“This is one piece of information that we need to act on in order to avoid a possible calamity. Yoruba aren’t cowards. So, let everybody in the South-West be vigilant and be watchful in checking this insecurity scourge that is already stiff-necking Nigeria.




“We will never allow them to destroy our land. Therefore, we urge the six governors in the South-West states to hold an urgent emergency security meeting with stakeholders across the region so as to address the impending implosion.




“We are aware of their plans to strike in Lagos, Ibadan, Oyo state, and Abeokuta in Ogun state, however, I implore all the governors in the South-West to recruit local security service structures in their various local governments.”




The Aare Ona Kakanfo said he is ready to offer his assistance if needed by any of the South-West governors.




He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to redeem his image and use his power to establish state police before leaving office.




“The insecurity situation has reached its peak with the threat by these terrorists to kidnap the president, governors and lawmakers,” he said.




“Nigeria is going down because it looks as if there is no government in the country. It looks as if this administration has decided to force Nigerians to seek self-help.




“The president has about 10 months left in office. This is the time to redeem his image. President Buhari can use his executive powers to allow the immediate establishment of state police with a mandate to flush out all the terrorists stationed in strategic places in the country.”




Meanwhile, a senator elected on the platform of the APC, Sani Musa has called on Mr Babagana Monguno to resign his position as the National Security Adviser (NSA).




Senator Musa who hails from Niger – one of the worst-hit states by terrorists’ activities – decried the worsening security situation in the country.




He believes Monguno, a retired Major General and former Chief of Defence Intelligence, has no reason to remain as the nation’s top security strategist with the continued killings of innocent people.




“What proactive action has the NSA taken? We have to call a spade a spade. If I was the NSA in this country, I will tender my resignation because I have failed,” the lawmaker who represents Niger East senatorial district in the National Assembly said during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics in Abuja.




“When they (terrorists) are creating cells, you do not wait until when you are attacked before acting. The intelligence that is being shared is a pre-information given to you at a stage where these culprits have not concluded their plans and you neutralise them. For me, I believe that we need to re-strategise.”




Senator Sani Musa says to describe the issue of insecurity as disturbing is an understatement.




It would be recalled that armed non-state actors, including bandits and terrorists, have scaled up activities recently, extending their operations to attacks on security apparatus such as the correctional facility in Abuja and some security formations.




One of such is the attack on troops of the Presidential Guards Brigade which provides security for the seat of power and the nation’s capital where some soldiers were reportedly killed.


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