Insecurity: It’s High Time FG Supported State Police – Ondo Govt

The Ondo State Government has called on the Federal Government to support the call for the establishment of state police across the country.

The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Sir Charles Titiloye, who represented Governor Akeredolu, made this call at the maiden edition of 2022 Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ondo Branch, held in Ondo town.

He reiterated that each state of the federation, having a policy of its own, would go a long way in solving the lingering security challenge facing the country.

The event was themed, “Insecurity and corruption as a challenge to Nigeria’s democracy.”

The AGF said, “the overwhelming national insecurity cum attacks and sophisticated weapons used by terrorists and criminal elements in the country requires a prompt, efficient, decentralised and localised policing response.”

He commended the Supreme Court for rising to the occasion recently and taking steps aimed at protecting the integrity of the court and judiciary as a whole.

At the occasion, speaking on the topic ‘The role of the court in electoral process and the time bomb of Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act, 2022,’ a human rights activist and lawyer, Chief Femi Falana, SAN, said there was a need for judges and lawyers to save the judicial system of the country, stressing that judges and lawyers had vital roles to play in the sanitisation of the judicial system of the country.

Falana said, “We must now get to the stage where lawyers are referred to the disciplinary committee for discipline when it is obvious, particularly, the senior lawyers are trying to ridicule the profession. We must begin to deal with ourselves. Only a few judges up there have the confidence and courage to call a senior advocate to order. So, we must call ourselves to order in this country.

“We, as lawyers, have a duty to save our country. Criminals are apprehended every day by the police. The ministry of justice, I beg you, whenever a criminal suspect is paraded in Ondo, you must contact the Commissioner of Police to ask for the case file and then charge the person to court.”

Shiroro: 34 Soldiers, 8 Police, Others killed as Death Toll rises

The death toll of the number of security personnel killed by terrorists last week in Niger State is rising as more bodies are being discovered in the bush.

According to Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, who made it known in Minna on Sunday, more bodies are being discovered by locals.

Kokki stated that the body of a mobile police officer was recovered in the bush by residents on Saturday evening.

 “Yesterday evening, a dead body of a mobile policeman was discovered by a passerby local around a nearby bush not too far from the crime scene,” he said.

Bandits launch counter-attack on villagers after gun duel with police

He also said that the death toll has risen to 48 as against the 42 earlier reported.

“Based on thorough and reliable local findings as at this evening, the death toll has risen to 48,” Kokki said.

The youth representative gave a breakdown of how the figure was arrived at as 34 soldiers as against 31 reported by our correspondent, eight mobile policemen as against seven, and six residents.

“The breakdown as at last count shows that: 34 soldiers have been confirmed dead; 8 mobile policemen have been confirmed dead, and six locals/civilians have been confirmed dead,” Kokki said.

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