The Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Abba Moro (PDP, Benue), has said his constituents may soon resort to self help over worsening insecurity.
Moro said this while reacting to the assassination of a lecturer, Echobu Adah, who worked with the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo.
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The lecturer was travelling in his car when he was shot dead by gunmen along the Otukpo-Enugu highway, on Sunday.
The lawmaker, who condemned gruesome murder, alleged that the federal government has been paying lips service to insecurity.
Moro said it seemed the Police are helpless on the security situation in Benue State.
“We are at the verge of resorting to self help. Communities are ready to defend themselves,” he said.
According to him, local vigilante groups are incapacitated while criminals are sufficiently equipped to torment the people.
He said, “The assassination of the Benue Poly lecturer is one death too many, he was coming from a community meeting when he was assassinated by unknown gunmen in the midst of three policemen.
“It’s like the policemen are helpless in this situation. They have been paying lips service to insecurity. Policemen are not well equipped to confront the situation. We need to recruit and equipped officers to tackle insecurity.”
Moro also narrated how gunmen invaded a local government secretariat in the state.
He expressed surprise over the invaders operated for over one hour at the scene despite its proximity to a district police headquarters.