The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has described the various attacks on police officers and their structures as an invitation to anarchy.
According to him, “no facet of a nation’s strength is guaranteed in an unfriendly environment with security operatives.”
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Oluwo spoke in his palace on Tuesday while receiving the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 10, Olasupo Ajani.
The monarch said the frequent harassments and intimidations of the security men could jeopardize economic stability.
He said: “The spate of attacks on security men and their structures is condemnable. It’s a red pointer to anarchy when civilians muster to attack police and destroy their stations.
“It’s incredible the police cannot freely boost of their job. Many police are afraid to wear uniform. They’ve been reduced to nothing. The right time to right the wrong is now. Government should not continue to watch Nigeria moving to an anarchy state.”
The monarch urged the government to consider recruiting more youths into security services and increase operatives’ salaries.
“Security of lives and property is the primary responsibility of the government. This, at all costs, must be strengthened by the traditional institution. The police are hereby assured of my support, always.”