The Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC) has expressed concerns over what it described as unprecedented levels of insecurity in Nigeria.
RULAAC in a statement by its Executive Director, Okechukwu Nwanguma, said even more worryingly is the daily incidents of attack on police stations and killing of policemen and policewomen everywhere in Nigeria, especially in the southeast.
Nwanguma urged President Muhammadu Buhari administration to either rise to the occasion or throw in the towel.
He stated that the primary purpose of government is welfare and security and it has become apparent that the government is failing in the discharge of its primary purpose.
He said, “We understand the sentiments of those who appear to view this unfortunate development merely as attacks on the police and those who seem to say ‘it serves the police right’. We understand that many may have been direct or indirect victims and/or witnesses of police violence and sundry atrocities
“But we must not lose sight of the deeper implications of this sad development. What is happening is not just attack on the police. It is above all, attack on public order, on rule of law and ultimately on public safety and security.”
According to him, the Police are charged to serve and protect the citizens from crime and insecurity, stressing that in the absence of the police, the citizens are exposed to crime and insecurity and are left at the mercy of criminals.
He said when the Police loses the capacity to protect to the extent that they are not even able to defend themselves from the same criminals they are supposed to combat, then society is in trouble.
He said, “Law and order have completely broken down in Nigeria. Rule of law has been supplanted by rule of bandits who operate without resistance from the police and other law enforcement agencies. ‘Mere anarchy is lose upon the world’ and governments at state and federal levels have no answer to this state of lawlessness that warrants a declaration of a stateate of emergency.
“This is not something to gloat or be happy about. It’s a serious cause for concern.”