KOGI ATTACKS: Make vulnerable communities integral part of security architecture, Melaye tells NSA

…Appeals to the National Emergency Management Agency, NGOs, individuals for aid


The former representative of Kogi West federal constituency in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye, has called on the National Security Adviser, NSA, Mallam Nuhu Rimadu, to make vulnerable communities an integral part of the national security architecture.

Melaye in a statement while reacting to the alleged attack on the Agojeju-Odo community in Kogi State further appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency, other public-spirited organisations and individuals to come to their rescue to enable them to overcome the destruction in good time.

He said, “The gruesome murder and mindless destruction of the defenseless people of Agojeju-Odo in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State by suspected herdsmen has again highlighted the utmost imperative and urgency to reinforce the protection of communities in Omala Local Government, in particular, and the people of Kogi State in general.

“The Omala attack is of major concern because of the unending attacks and massive destruction of innocent citizens in the area in the last ten years by strangers. The only crime of the people is the habitation of their God-given land.”.

According to reports, not only were lives and property destroyed, but even crops and harvests were also destroyed, thereby not just cutting off precious lives but even lifelines for the survivors of the unprovoked attack. Worse still, this is happening at a time when many of them are fasting.

The Senator, while appreciating the efforts of security agencies in curtailing the attacks, added, “It is time that effective preventive security structures were deployed around the flashpoints of insecurity around the state.

“To this end, the National Security Adviser is requested to make the fortification of vulnerable communities an integral part of the national security architecture. In fact, there’s an urgency to declare a security emergency in Kogi State in view of the various forms of insecurity bordering on herdsmen attacks, kidnappings, and robberies across the geographically exposed Kogi State.

“Whereas the constitution of Nigeria guarantees the rights to movement and livelihood, the penchant of herdsmen to terminate lives at will strikes at the very essence of a quintessential right, the right to life.

“It is indefensible that those who perpetrate these attacks against communities are not often apprehended and made to face the law. Crime without consequences can only promote perpetuation.

“It is remarkable to note that some of the security problems in Kogi State are traceable to poorly formulated policies, inspired by personal idiosyncrasies rather than on what delivers the greatest good to the greatest number, rooted in peace, protection, and prosperity. It is time to review the shortcomings of these policies.

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