NIGERIA INSECURITY AND YOUTH KILLINGS By Olalekan Awodehinde & Tobi Osiyemi

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Beyond shame to know Nigeria is 60 years since after Independence and still overcrowded with insecurity woes Beyond that no lies to say Nigeria problem is physically and mentally advancing negatively.

Insecurity is a major challenge and still continue to be problem assumed formidable dimension forcing the country political and economics managers and indeed the entire nation brisk of reliability in the government of the day. Also have invest absence of safety in most part of the country. With increasing numbers of crime such as kidnappings, killings, carjackings, suicide bombing, killings, Ethnic clashes, armed banditry and other has grown to become a norm that charaterises life in Nigeria.

Insecurity has threatened the very fabric of national integration in the country and created ecology of fear, disquiet and anxeity, The destruction has taken the country backwards.

According to stats from Nigeria bureau of statists, At least 245 persons were killed in violent attacks across Nigeria in January 2020

According to various newspaper reports and available records. The Expat Insider Survey of 2019 by InterNations, Nigeria is the third most dangerous country in the world due to widespread corruption and insecurity.

Apart from the resurgent Boko Haram attacks in the North-east, there have been increased cases of killings and kidnappings across the country and we know the first duty of government is security.

Buhari administration has firmly been alleged by Nigerians to have ignore masses voices, saying, “We know what the situation was as at 2015 and we know what it is today. Despite the reversals in security, it is still not as bad as it used to be in this country,” Femi Adesina, President Buhari’s spokesperson.

But everyday is a different perspective to see this kind of News;

– Eight Boko Haram terrorists were killed by Nigerian soldiers when the insurgents tried to attack Michika in Adamawa State.

– Suspected gunmen killed 23 people at Tawari community in Kogi Local Government Area, LGA, of Kogi State.

 

 Causes of ills the Nigerian security system

  • Government Failure; The foundations of institutional frameworkin Nigeria are very shaky and have provoked deterioaration of state governanceand democratic accountability.
  • Weak and Poorly Funded Military Establishment; Armed forces ,paramilitary establishments and the police under the federal governmentare weak institutionally and poorly funded.
  • Disconnect between the People and Government
  • Interagency Rivalry
  • Non-Prosecution of Perpetrators of Violence In Nigeria; The lack of arrest and prosecution of Perpetrators and sponsors of violence has encouraged Many more social deviants and their godfathers to throw Caution to the wind to perpetrate evil in the land.

 

Youth Killings

All this and more have spring up the hastag all over the Social media against the youth killing by special anti robbery squad of the Nigerian police force

The special anti robbery popularly known as SARS from many have seemed to largely abandoned the core mandate of thier duity to tackle crime however instead turned to harassment and extortion of the youth. This has force many youth of the country is security agencies to protect Nigerians or compete with the criminals already making lives miserable for people.

Recently, an eyes witnesses account shares family of a graduate of the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Ifeoma Abugu, 28, was thrown into mourning after she was said to have been sexually assaulted and killed by some personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Abuja. She was arrested in place of her fiancé on September 10 2020 when the police officers did not find him at his residence.

A 21-year-old man was killed the same month during a high-speed chase by police officers attached to the Osun State Joint Task Force in Osogbo. The deceased and with three others were returning from a mall when the security men gave chase.

Before then, an auto mechanic, Chima Ikwunado, died in police custody in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. An autopsy carried out by the police pathologist determined that the cause of death was extreme torture and not high blood sugar level as the agency had initially claimed. He was arrested along with four others for driving against traffic in cars belonging to their customers and was later labelled a cult member.

Police brutality is mainly motivated by many factors amongst which corruption tops the chart, A public survey ranked the police as the country’s most corrupt institution. “For every 100 police interactions reported by the respondents, there was a bribe paid in 54 interactions,”

The report stated. An Amnesty International 2020 report, ‘Nigeria: Time to End Impunity,’ documents 82 cases of torture, harassment and extrajudicial killing by SARS between January 2017 and May 2020. They were victims of arrest, torture or extortion by “the police unit, set up to fight violent crimes, are predominantly male between the ages of 18 and 35, from low-income backgrounds and vulnerable groups.” AIl noted a disturbing pattern of abuse of detainees in SARS custody despite the 2017 Anti-Torture Act, which criminalises torture.

Police brutality in Nigeria has garnered a fair amount of national attention. Using the hashtag, #EndSARS, Nigerians in 2017 launched a massive campaign demanding an end to police oppression and human rights violations, particularly by SARS. In August 2018, the Buhari regime ordered an immediate reform of SARS, aimed at ensuring improved accountability but there has been no noticeable difference in their conduct.

Incessant police harassment, extortion, human rights abuses, illegal detention, torture and callous killings have persisted. As police brutality is alive and unwell, #EndSARS resurfaced in 2019 after a police stray bullet killed Kolade Johnson in Lagos during a raid in his neighbourhood, reportedly for youths with dreadlocks. The public reaction, in the face of national conversations on the violent policing of Nigerian youths, makes sense and is extremely warranted.

Clearly, the usual rhetoric by the regime has been exposed for what it is and therefore failed to deter notorious security agents. And it must be said that it is not limited to the police and its anti-robbery unit; it has indeed become a habit for security agencies generally to harass, torture and extort money from Nigerians, particularly the youth. Any young man with a laptop, smartphone, dreadlocks, tattoo and/or good car faces the risk of being profiled as a fraudster, arrested, kidnapped, assaulted and extorted by security agents. It is just as if it has become a crime to be a youth in today’s Nigeria, which has indeed failed them.

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Olalekan Awodehinde is a seasoned investigative reporter. He is currently an editor @Afronaijanews.com and also a social media strategist, writer, freelancer. Our passion here is to keep you updated and give you undiluted, genuine information with professionalism. Contact|WhatsApp Me: 0807 637 6053