In the face of rising spate of insecurity, some stakeholders have called on the federal government to create a special court for speedy prosecution of culprits and deal with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding and unlawful possession of weapons.
This call was made in a statement jointly signed during the weekend by the Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Abubakar Gumi and former president Olusegun Obasanjo. The government was also urged to be proactive and be updated in intelligence gathering
The islamic cleric was accompanied by eight others including Prof. Usman Yusuf, Mallam Tukur Mamu, Dr. Umar Ardo, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, Suleiman Gumi, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu and Mallam Buba Mohammed, to visit the former president at his penthouse residence inside the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
Obasanjo and Gumi, who proposed the slogan of the special court as ‘Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians’, also urged the general public to note that security is everyone’s responsibility.
In their opinion, the remote causes of insecurity include educational and economic disparities in the country, and negative use of religion and ethnicity by unscrupulous politicians.
The statement in part, read: “Solutions must be seen and provided on short, medium, and long-term bases and must be composed of stick and carrot for the offender and the vulnerable. Federal government must be proactive, secure necessary and updated intelligence to deal with organised crimes and have common policy for the nation.
“Special courts should be created to deal promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding and unlawful carrying of weapons. Let the slogan be: Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians.”
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