9 January 2013

Nigeria: Remove Military Check Points in Kaduna, Emirs Demand

Traditional rulers in Kaduna State yesterday told the state government to do away with all check points across the state.

The royal fathers also urged the state government to expedite actions that would address insecurity in the country.

The traditional rulers, under the umbrella body of Kaduna State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, decried the increasing reports of harassment of innocent persons and time consumed during rigorous searches at various security checkpoints within the metropolis.

Chairman of the council and Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who made the call when he led emirs and chiefs on a courtesy visit to Governor Mukhtar Yero after their general meeting in Kaduna, expressed concern over the increasing release of criminals without proper prosecution.

He said the release of criminals by the Nigeria Police without properly prosecuting them according to the law had contributed to the increasing rate of social vices by miscreants in the state.

According to him, some of these freed criminals come back to brag, attack and harass their victims, without showing any remorse, thereby making the work of traditional rulers very difficult in terms of settling disputes and decreasing the rate of crime.

Alhaji Idris said the chiefs in the state also wanted the security agents to arrest drug dealers as the rate of drug abuse had risen, and was affecting the lifestyle of youths in the state.

The royal father further advised the government to provide sophisticated weapons that would aid the police to discharge their work effectively, as well as recruit more personnel into the force.

He also appealed that men of the Nigeria police be deployed to serve in their various regions to enable them discharge their duties without much inhibition in terms of culture, language and religion barriers.

This is just as he reiterated the commitment of all traditional leaders in the state to partner with the security agents and government towards addressing the incessant security challenges that has bedevilled the nation.

Gov. Yero who responded shortly after the Emir's addressed, assured the council of the state government commitment to address insecurity and creating a peaceful environment for development in the state.

He said the state government has procured 40 new operational vehicles for the security outfit code named "Operation Yaki", while the old ones would be deployed to divisional police units to enable them discharge their duties effectively.

The Governor assured the chiefs that efforts were been made to reduce traffic and as well as the harassment of innocent persons at security check points.

Speaking on the check-points in the state, the Governor said, the security checkpoints were aimed at safeguarding the lives and property of the people, as well as forestalls any security breach that might trigger crisis in the state.

On the drug law, Yero said the state government had strengthened its collaborative relationship with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to address the drug abuse, as well as to arrest patents dealers engaged in illegal sale of drugs.

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