- Professor Oluremi Sonaiya says the police force needs to be overhauled to fight herdsmen
- Sonaiya says the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) cannot currently tackle issues relating to attacks by herdsmen
- The presidential aspirant condemns a claim by the Miyetti Allah group that the killing and rustling of their cattle is responsible for the latest attack in Plateau
A female presidential aspirant in the upcoming general elections, Professor Oluremi Sonaiya, has asked the federal government to overhaul the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to make it meet its responsibilities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sonaiya was reacting to the latest killing of people in Plateau state by herdsmen when she said there was no way the police would stop the wanton killings in the country by herdsmen without being overhauled to perform better.
The report said Sonaiya, who is seeking the presidential ticket of the Kowa Party in the 2019 general elections, said it would be difficult to stop the rampaging herdsmen, unless the police were equipped adequately to counter the bloody onslaught of the herdsmen.
She argued that although the primary responsibility of the police was to protect the lives of citizens, there was little the police could do without having necessary equipment to match the killer herdsmen.
The professor of African Languages and Linguistics lamented the murderous attacks at Razat, Ruku, Nyarr, Kura and Gana-Ropp villages in the Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau.
“Do the police not know their jobs anymore? Is their responsibility not to protect lives and property? Don’t they know how to fish out and arrest suspects anymore?
“These are some of the questions that we need to ask. The police should step up its performance so as to attain its optimal efficiency.
“However, those external factors inhibiting the police from performing, such as poor funding and mismanagement of available funds should also be looked into and addressed,” she said as she condemned a statement credited to the Miyetti Allah group that the killing of their cows prompted the latest massacre in Plateau.
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She pleaded with the group to give peace a chance, saying that “no amount of cows killed could equate with the human lives being wasted.’’
Sonaiya also appealed to the federal government to ensure that the perpetrators of the Plateau killings were brought to book forthwith.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the founder of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, reacted angrily to the recent massacre of residents of some villages in Plateau state, saying the killers and their generations will be destroyed.
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