Call Your Police To Order, TUC Tells FG
Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), has accused the Police of shielding pipeline vandals.
It therefore, urged the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, to call his officers to order, and ensure that they conformed to government’s agenda on security and economic transformation.
TUC in a statement by its President and Secretary General, Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Musa Lawal, respectively, lamented that “The increasing incidence of fissures among officers and men of state security agencies is worrisome. The latest incident, (which allegedly) involved officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, was reported to have happened at Owutu area of Ikorodu.
A committee that included the Commandant General of the Corps, Mr. Ade Abolurin, and his men along with officers of the Nigerian Army, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, (ICPC,)v Office of Attorney General of the Federation, and some other persons made an inspection-and-assessment tour of disposable forfeited items. However, the Committee found themselves being threatened at gun-point by a police inspector and his men, who claimed the territory was theirs.
“We feel particularly concerned because we believe that the presence of security operatives at such a troubled spot, irrespective of their respective agencies, should boost efforts to secure the nation’s pipelines from vandals.”
According to the statement, “Our country is today facing serious security challenges that have led to mass destruction of lives and property, a situation that has been accentuated by proliferation of arms and ammunition with the connivance of a few misguided security operatives.
“Surely it is unacceptable that the genuine efforts of the government and patriotic security operatives who stake their lives and resources to protect us and our economic interests should be sabotaged by the fifth columnists,” ot said.
“Thus we salute the courage and forthrightness of Mr. Abolurin and his men, who, notwithstanding the threat to their lives, arrested some vandals and oil thieves in possession of several gallons of petroleum products loaded in two Cotonou-bound boats.”