By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Akwa Ibom State, Chief Victor Iyanam has joined the advocacy for state police, saying that if allowed it would enable the states to effectively control their security personnel.
Iyanam, who made the advocacy in reaction to the growing attacks on the police stations and their facilities by unknown gunmen in parts of the Country including Akwa Ibom state, described the trend as worrisome for a developing nation like Nigeria.
Speaking to correspondents in Uyo, Chief iyanam blamed the ineffectiveness of security formations in the country on lack of men on ground, adding that the few available policemen have been distributed to politicians.
“The Federal System has failed. The police have changed focus to only operations, no more intelligence. Even the DSS should provide intelligence to the police and Army. Intelligence needs funding”, he said
The Legal Luminary, who took a swift at the development in Akwa Ibom, noted that the attacks against security operatives and formations by unknown gunmen in the state started at Ikpe Annang Junction in Essien Udim Local government area, where a police Inspector was set ablaze inside a police van.
Few weeks after that incident another inspector was traced to his house in the area and killed by the hoodlums. Two police officers were killed and scores of cows wasted in the latest attack which occurred on Sunday in the same local government area.
Five Police officers and a wife of an officer were early morning of Saturday May 8, 2021 killed by unknown gunmen who attacked the Divisional Police headquarters, Odoro Ikpe in Ini LGA of Akwa Ibom State
On Sunday May 9, 2021, there was another attack on police station in Ikot Odon in Abak local government area, although no causality was recorded but vehicles parked outside and a motorcycle inside were burnt.
In Ika, unknown gunmen on motorcycles killed two police officers attached to the Divisional Police Headquarters and also burnt a Volvo car attached to the division in a failed attempt to burn the station and cart away weapons.
The deceased officers, a woman Lance Corporal, Esther Akpan and a Police Special Constabulary, Isonuyo Paul, were ambushed on their way home by the hoodlums who were armed with Ak-47 rifles.
In Ibiaku Ntok Okpo, headquarters of Ikono local government area of the state, two Police Officers were killed and five patrol vehicles burnt down by hoodlums who attacked the area.
A press statement issued by the press secretary to the chairman of Ikono local government area, Mr Nsisong Ntuk on the attack, stated that the hoodlums carted away the flag hoisted at the police station.