▪Commiserates with families of killed policemen
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has reiterated his call for a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s security architecture.
In a statement he personally signed and released in Abuja in response to the killing of seven policemen in Abuja recently, the governor said the security architecture “and the strategies currently adopted and deployed for national security, if any, need a comprehensive overhaul”
He said this overhaul is imperative because the strategies and the way they are deployed “is not working”
According to Tambuwal “the needless waste of life everywhere, both those of trained security personnel and ordinary citizens, is a drain on the nation’s resources and an unacceptable diminution of our valuable human capital”
While commiserating with the families, friends, colleagues and associates of all those who lost dear ones in the policemen killing in Abuja, the governor described the incident as “unacceptable”
“Indeed, the growing spate of mindless shedding of innocent blood, especially of policemen and other security personnel on their lawful duty posts, has brought a new dimension to the reprehensible state of insecurity in the country” he added.
Recalling what happened in his state two months ago, he said “three policemen were shot dead in Sokoto State by kidnappers, who abducted a Syrian national they were escorting.
“A few days later, four police officers were ambushed and killed in Benue State. Last week seven policemen were reportedly gunned down in cold blood in Abuja, and their arms and ammunition taken, by unknown persons”
More worrisome to Tambuwal is the fact that these policemen killing is “happening amidst repeatedly reported cases of attacks on police stations and other security facilities in various parts of the country”
Like most Nigerians he asked the question; “Who will protect us, when even those constitutionally charged with the responsibility of protecting our lives and property have, themselves, become vulnerable targets of criminals?
“The worst part of all this is that these deaths are avoidable and the killings preventable” he said adding “it boils down, at the end of the day, to failure of leadership. Nigeria cannot progress and be part of a 21st Century forward-looking-world by creating new batches of mourners every other day”
He declared “this is not the way to go”