South-West Nigeria leads in unresolved political murders -Depty Senate pres, Ekweremadu

Ekweremadu, Deputy senate president
Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy senate president

Mr. Ekweremadu said the police have failed the nation.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has lambasted the Nigerian police for failing to resolve any of 56 top profile political assassinations the nation has witnessed in 20 years-from 1986 to 2006.

Thirty two of those assassinations occurred in South West of the country; and 22 of the 32 took place in Lagos, Mr. Ekweremadu said.

Within the period also, only 12 high profile political killings occurred in the South-East while South-South recorded five.

The whole of north, excluding Federal Capital Territory, witnessed only two political killings, the lawmaker said. Abuja had two-the killings of former Rivers state opposition, Marshal Harry, and the killing of Mr. S. A. Awoniyi, a former principal secretary to a former Chief Justice of the Federation, Muhammed Uwais.

Mr. Ekweremadu made the remarks at the annual Nnamdi Azikiwe memorial lecture in Enugu, a fortnight ago. He decried the nation’s deteriorating security situation.

He said the unresolved high profile cases over recent history provide a glimpse of how badly security of lives and property has deteriorated under the watch of the Nigeria Police Force.

“They include the following: assassination of Harry Marshal, Ogbonnaya Uche, Ayo Daramola, Godwin Agboroko, Dipo Dina , Bayo Ohu, Chief Bola Ige and many others,” Mr. Ekweremadu said.

Mr. Ekweremadu attributed the problem of insecurity in the country to the centralized police system in the country.

“The centralized police system we operate is one of the major factors that have been blamed for the insecurity in the land. In fact, it is argued that the rest of the challenges derive largely from this factor,” he said.

He said while the nation lived under the threat and incidents of individual’s murders, things have degenerated to a scenario of mass murders.

“Despite the foregoing arrangement, there is general consensus that security of lives and property in Nigeria has abysmally decline since 1966 and has come to its lowest ebb in recent years. Even high profile crimes have not only been successfully perpetrated without prevention, but they have also largely gone unresolved and unpunished.”

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