Rising insecurity has been a very big challenge across communities especially in the Middle Belt Area of Nigeria. This problem has taken various dimensions ranging from insurgency, Banditry, Kidnapping, armed robbery among other prevalent acts of criminality within the region and country at large. M
Publish Date: Mar 27, 2021
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Rising insecurity has been a very big challenge across communities especially in the Middle Belt Area of Nigeria. This problem has taken various dimensions ranging from insurgency, Banditry, Kidnapping, armed robbery among other prevalent acts of criminality within the region and country at large. Many communities / Villages have been ransacked and scores have lost their lives and property. Several stakeholders and socio-cultural groups have expressed dissatisfaction at the manner and seriousness with which the government is handling these emerging challenges of insecurity across communities. while others, have also expressed dismay over the country’s security architecture to handle the matter. These conversations have also birthed the demand for state police to better safeguard the security of lives and property across communities. However, this agitation has been downplayed by the government on various grounds. Although, section 214(1) of the 1999 constitution states that “There shall be a Police Force in Nigeria, which shall be known as the Nigerian Police Force, and subject to the provisions of this section, no other Police Force shall be established for the federation or any part thereof.” But the same Constitution guarantees in sections 33 – 35 the right to life, dignity of the human person and personal liberty. What happens when communities remain vulnerable to attacks with little or no support from the those saddled with the responsibility of protecting them? The right to life, dignity of human person and personal liberty are inalienable and every Nigerian citizen or community has a right to do all that is within their powers (without violating the right of other persons or other communities or breaking any law) to protect these rights. What can be done when the failings of Government in this role become persistent? What can residents do to safeguard their communities in the face of rising crimes and criminality? Are there structures in the community that can be leveraged for this purpose? What are these structures? How can these structures be strengthened in the face of continuous provocative attacks? All these will form the basis of our discussion on this edition of building bridges with Mr. Obadiah Samuel and Mr. Godwin as guests.