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Nigeria: How Traditional Rulers Can Help Curb Insecurity

The traditional ruler of Abatete in Idemili North Local Government of Area of Anambra State, Chief Charles Emeka Efobi, has advocated the inclusion of monarchs in the security strategy being adopted to check insecurity in the country.

Efobi, who spoke at a reception in honour of the pioneer Director General of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Gordian Oranika, held at the Abatete House in Abuja, said the criminal elements are better identified at local level and can be easily isolated by community leaders.

"In every community, those in it knows exactly what is going on, if you have criminals in your community, they are brothers and sisters of people, if we are sincere to ourselves and if we can identify the bad eggs in our various communities, all these problems will stop," he said.

The monarch who spoke against the background of concerns over the terrorist insurgency in some parts of the North, said a similar insecurity problem like the kidnapping menace in the South-east was being addressed through community-supported initiative.

Efobi gave an example of the situation in the state, where the government has made it mandatory that the royal fathers should be the chief security officer of their towns.

"Because of this, I as a traditional ruler of my town, has set up a vigilante in Abatete and co-opted my people to fight kidnapping and other crminal activities. Communities in the North should borrow a leaf from the way the South-east has been dealing with problem of kidnapping and set up vigilante," he said.

Speaking on the possible security consequences of a poorly managed development in the FCT, the former DG, said there was need for the administration of the capital city to exercise utmost care in the ongoing demolition of illegal structure.

Oranika warned that the backlash of an unplanned demolition exercise in the capital city would throw up insecurity problem if no concrete effort is made to resettle the victims.

"All is not well in the area of social development of the Federal Capital Territory. The Federal Capital Territory Administration needs to think more of the people, it is not fair to demolish the houses people have been occupying for several years without providing them alternative," he said.

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