A rights group, Northern Advocacy for Peace (NAP), has called on the service chiefs to either resign or get sacked due to the poor security architecture of the country.
The CSO, in a strong-worded statement, signed by Ambassador Khalifa Shuaibu, convener of NAP, said the recent attack on a Kaduna bound train as well as others kidnap cases show that the service chiefs need to go.
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“NAP commiserates with families who lost loved ones in the attack. We wonder what has gone wrong with the intelligence in the country that bandits operated freely for over three hours, shooting and subjecting the passengers through horrible torture and kidnapping others without any resistance from the Nigerian security forces.”
“Two days ago, bandits attacked the Kaduna International Airport and killed a security guard of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). They prevented a Lagos bound plane from embarking on the journey. Kaduna particularly has all security formations located in the state
“This calls for worry. Nigerians are continually been vulnerable to terrorists’ attacks in their homes. With these attacks, Nigerians cannot even travel either by road, rail or air at the moment. Severally, terrorists have killed kidnapped or burnt travellers in their cars. Terrorists are shutting down this country.
“It is disheartening that these enemies of the people are getting emboldened by the day. The bandits are becoming more daring and brazen. These blood cuddling enemies of the country have no regard for human life. They have no place in a civilized society and must be defeated.
“The security situation is moving from bad to worse. The military cannot protect lives and property or the sovereignty of this country looking at the manner bandits are operating in the country.
“This attack and several others, reported and not reported leave us with no option than to call for the immediate resignation of the Chief of Defense Staff, the Chief of Army Staff as well as the Chief of Defence Intelligence.
“In event, the aforementioned security chiefs refuse to resign, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack them with immediate effect”.
The group also called for complete disbandment and thorough investigation of the heads of Defence Intelligence and other related intelligence gathering security formations for lack of diligence in their duties.
“We are aware that, President Buhari has bought enough modern and sophisticated weapons and other military hardware which if properly deployed will boost the fight against terrorism. The lack of coordination by the CDS and the intelligence set up accounts for this failure, leading to the death of many Nigerians. These attacks are preventable.
“The military has not justified the billions of Naira put into the security sector through welfare of personnel and military hardware. Let the current security chiefs resign or be sacked for the safety of Nigerians. This is the immediate response to the failure of the military in tackling the security challenges in the country”, the group added.