Human Rights Activist and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has carpeted the APC Government for the alarming insecurity in the country.
In a piece made available to the media on June 1st 2022, Adegboruwa lamented that the APC led Government has failed in the primary purpose of government which is the security and welfare of the people in Section 14(2) of the Grund Norm.
According to him, the recent ordeal of the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria in the hands of kidnappers has exposed the ineffectiveness and incompetence of the government in the area of security.
He said: “The horrendous experience of the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria in the hands of kidnappers has now exposed the ineffectiveness and incompetence of the government in the area of security.”
The Senior Advocate wrote further that contrary to the barefaced propaganda of government, ransom was paid in an environment manned by soldiers. The sum of N100 million was paid to the kidnappers in cash in five Ghana must go bags signifying the audacity and confidence of the kidnappers.
He accused the government of being unwilling to combat the scourge of kidnapping and terrorists, while also pointing out that contrary to widespread labelling, the Prelate stated clearly that his abductors were not IPOB members and urged the government to tackle criminality without ethnic or tribal colouration.
He said: We cannot continue to live in denial of the obvious failure or unwillingness of government to go after the kidnappers and terrorists.
The Prelate also stated emphatically that his abductors were not IPOB members, contrary to the narratives that we have been fed with in times past. Without justifying the excesses and criminalities being perpetrated by some IPOB members, it is clear that the issue of crime is not limited to tribe or particular section of the country.”
He stated that in the face of the alarming rise in insecurity, it is for the government to rise up to the challenge of combating it rather than spinning falsehood that victims do not pay ransom or that the insecurity in the South-East is traceable to IPOB alone.
He charged the security agencies to go after the criminals with the information provided by the Prelate saying that criminals cannot overrun the government if there is willingness to tackle them headlong.
“With the critical information provided by the Prelate, the government and the security agencies should unmask the kidnappers, the bank warehousing the money and their means of communication.
There is no way criminals can overrun any government if there is willingness to tackle them headlong.”