Those that are saddled with the duty of securing the lives and properties of Nigerians are now not secured in some elements of the nation, notably the South-East and elements of South-South.
The joint safety operatives within the two geopolitical zones have in latest time witnessed assaults in a number of safety formations, making residents weak to assaults by legal components.
DAILY POST recollects that there have been collection of assaults on safety personnel and public services within the areas, notably Imo State within the South-East.
Extra worrisome is the unprecedented assaults on safety operatives in Akwa Ibom and Rivers State a number of days in the past that led to the loss of life of about 12 cops who had been on obligation.
Recall that gunmen on the weekend attacked a Divisional headquarters within the Odoro Ikpe in Ini Native Authorities Space of Akwa Ibom State, gunned down 5 officers and one civilian.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macedon, who confirmed the incident to DAILY POST correspondent on telephone, mentioned the police command would be sure that the assailants had been arrested and prosecuted.
In keeping with the PPRO: “Sure, there was an assault of the Divisional Police Headquarters, Odoro Ikpe.
“Six individuals, together with 5 officers and a spouse of an officer, had been killed.”
He mentioned objects destroyed included autos and different valuables.
“I urge the great folks of Ini LGA to remain calm as we’re working with related safety businesses and the state authorities to make sure that the state of affairs is contained and vital modalities put in place to forestall a reoccurrence.
“There isn’t a trigger for worry because the culprits can be dropped at e-book in no distant time,” he mentioned
Equally, unknown gunmen killed not less than seven cops at totally different factors in Rivers State between the identical day as some stations had been attacked and destroyed.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Nnamdi Omoni, in a press release on Saturday mentioned that the assault which occurred at 8:30 pm, on Friday was carried out by “unknown gunmen who drove in two branded Hilic vans.”
Omoni mentioned two policemen had been killed by the gunmen at a particular checkpoint between Choba group in Obio/Akpor and Emohua Native Authorities Areas and burnt a non-public automotive belonging to one of many officers.
The Rivers Police Spokesman mentioned the second assault was launched on a police station in Rumuji, a city alongside the Bayelsa axis of the East-west street in Emohua LGA and dropped two extra policemen useless and set a police patrol van ablaze.
In keeping with the PPRO, the third assault was launched on one other police station in Elimgbu Neighborhood in Obio/Akpor LGA, the place three extra cops had been killed.
Some involved residents in a few of the affected areas who spoke with DAILY POST on the phone mentioned the safety businesses had been now not secured within the area, stressing that they had been additionally in want of assist.
A dealer in Rumuokoro market Port Harcourt, who spoke with DAILY POST correspondent, lamented the extent of insecurity within the State.
“Some safety personnel on this half if the nation are all the time fearful of going to work for the worry of been attacked.
“I bear in mind lately when there was an assault round this space, a few of the cops eliminated their uniform and joined as as civilians in order that they won’t be killed.
“There isn’t a day you’ll not hear information about killings on this state. First, it was cult actions when the rival cult teams had been disturbing the peace of the state.
“Secondly, it was the worry of Fulani herdsmen in numerous villages throughout the state
“The insecurity in Rivers State has taken one other flip since safety state of affairs acquired deteriorated throughout the nation lately.
“It’s now not the same old cult conflict that the state is thought for. Proper now no person is protected.
“When there are safety issues in your space, the conventional factor is that you just run to a police station to be secured until in all probability when the state of affairs is calm however the recreation has modified.
“The safety businesses, cops, the Nigerian military and different operatives now run to us for assist. They’re now not protected. And our authorities will not be serving to issues.
“Our folks hold dying on day by day foundation. This isn’t the Nigeria that I do know. How we abruptly landed on this unquenchable firs stays unknown to me”.
A serving member of the Nationwide Youth Service Corps, serving in one of many villages in Orlu in Imo State, who pleaded to not be talked about in print, regretted having the world as her Place of Main Task, PPA.
She mentioned the worsening safety state of affairs in Orlu is threatening the lives of corps members within the numerous communities.
“We’re strangers right here, we don’t know anyone so when there’s a downside, we hardly know the place to go.
“Though the residents are good folks and they’re good to us however that doesn’t assure our security. We’re in God’s hand.
“Safety operatives notably the Nigerian military has assured us of our security however the large query is, are they even protected?
“NYSC administration ought to cease posting corps members to this a part of the county perhaps until normalcy returns”.
DAILY POST reviews that Orlu the second largest metropolis in Imo State is comparatively the epicentre of assaults on police formations within the South-East area.
Nevertheless, the Federal Authorities on Tuesday declared that the killing of safety operatives in some elements of the nation amounted to a declaration of conflict on the nation.
Minister of Data and Tradition Lai Mohammed whereas reacting to the incessant assaults throughout a press convention in Lagos, condemned the pattern, stating that the perpetrators would pay dearly for his or her actions.
In keeping with the Minister: “I need to say, unequivocally, that any assault on our safety women and men is an assault on the state and a declaration of conflict on the nation. It follows, due to this fact, that this can be countered with overwhelming pressure.
“Whether or not recognized or unknown gunmen, these engaged on this dastardly act can pay dearly for his or her actions”.
Equally, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday throughout the safety assembly which has been on since every week in the past, authorized new safety measures particularly for the South East and South-South geo-political zones of the nation.
The appearing Inspector-Common of Police, Usman Baba, who, briefed journalists on the State Home shortly after the assembly, refused to disclose particulars of the measures.