INSECURITY: Former Senate Minority Leader, Abaribe accuses security agencies of collusion with bandits

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Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe,former Senate Minority Leader and ranking Legislator of Nigeria Legislative red chamber says, the failure of security agencies to stamp out kidnapping and banditry exposes collusion between criminals and security agents.

Senator Enyi Abaribe

The lawmaker, who has been representing Abia South Senatorial District since 2007 in the National Assembly, spoke on Inside Sources with Laolu Akande aired on Channels Television on Friday.

He lamented that despite the many technological tools available at the disposal of security agencies, oil theft, kidnapping and insurgency still continue at alarming scale.

The ex-deputy governor of Abia State said, “If anybody tells you that we don’t know who steals oil, the ships that are moving up and down, in this day and age, the person is not saying the truth. Technology has made it such that you can track a human being. The earth has geo-satellite everywhere, even infrared, you can track these ships.”

Abaribe, a critic of the then President Muhammadu Buhari administration, recalled when he was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) years back before the advent of the National Identification Number (NIN). According to him, the security police tracked him using his mobile phone.

“When I was arrested in front of a barber’s shop in Abuja. One of the DSS directors was interrogating me and I was bantering with him and I asked him how they knew where I was because I was driving myself in a small car. He said, ‘We just used your phone to track you’.

“There was no NIN then, now every phone has a NIN; there was no BVN, now every bank account has a BVN. And then some people demand a ransom of N20m and the money was paid into an account and then the security people tell you they are unable to track the kidnappers.

“There are just some collusion going on and there is no concerted effort to deal with it. It’s just more or less like a sense of malaise; everyone says not my problem, not my issue,” Abaribe said.

The Senate Minority Leader said security challenges can be solved with the enforcement of penalties.

“If you are responsible for something and you don’t do it, you pay the penalty for it. If you have to go to jail, you go to jail. If that happens and somebody sees that you are a leader that is able to crack head for the rest of the polity, you will see a change.

“The basic problem is that there is no penalty for malfeasance, no penalty for not doing the job that is given to someone,” he said.

In January, seven members of a family including six sisters were kidnapped in the Bwari area of Abuja and the kidnappers had demanded about N100m as ransom. One of the victims, Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, was killed while the others regained freedom.

Commenting on the development, a former Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, had said security agents weren’t using the NIN to track kidnappers and other elements engaging in nefarious activities.

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