Poor Law Enforcement, Corruption Staggers Fight Against Insecurity in Nigeria — Lawyer, Adegboruwa


A Lagos-based legal expert, Ebun-Oluwa Adegboruwa, has identified the lack of proper policy implementation as a singular factor that undermines the success of the fight against insecurity in the country.

The lawyer said this during an interview on a Channels TV show Sunrise Daily on Thursday.

The jurist also blamed the crises on corruption in the country’s security sector.

Several questions had been raised as to the essence of the enormous funds spent by the federal government in an effort to end the security crises plaguing the country.

According to Adegboruwa, various legislations put in place to deal with the threat have been poorly implemented.

He accused the National Security Agency of not working in accordance with the Prevention of Terrorism Act (2013), adding that the federal government was not sufficiently enlightened on new developments.

“The problem with our laws is enforcement and various legislations passed to address this issue have not been enforced. The recent one is the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2013 to combat terrorism, banditry and other challenges,” he said.

“As always, the challenge is implementation because the NSA is the lead counterinsurgent for the purpose of intelligence gathering, but the bureau does not work in tandem with the law.

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“There is supposed to be a set up of coordination centers that report to the NSA but I don’t think the law is being enforced and there is a need for the FG to be enlightened based on new developments,” he said. he adds.

Adegboruwa also backed governors advocating state policing in the country, stressing that tackling insecurity goes beyond the federal government and should be regional.

“Security cannot be just a federal issue and that is the heart of the matter. Only the FG can legislate and formulate policies on this as violence occurs in the hinterland beyond the control of the FG. Implementation must be regional but Governors are powerless.

“Akeredolu denounced this situation during the Owo massacre, noting the incapacity of the governors. Look at Neighborhood Watch in Lagos, Amotekun and Benue Security Agency, but they are unarmed as only the President can grant gun licenses making the situation difficult to redress. The issue is political. »

He finally lamented the corruption scandals under President Muhammadu Buhari, alleging that huge security votes in Lagos had gone uncounted.

“Corruption has gripped Nigeria as evidenced by the release of Dariye and Nyame. Buhari does not fight any corruption. That is until Buhari leaves office before we find out about the scandal in the security sector with the huge amount of money going under the table under the guise of security.

“In Lagos, it’s over a billion naira in security votes and that’s not counted. There are NASS committees that should oversee these security agencies, but they are not proactive with their mandates, which is why much of the security funds go unaccounted for.

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