By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase on Thursday gave an insight into how an alleged pilfering by security agents and strangers scuttled evidence at the scene of Nyanya bomb blast in Abuja which occurred in 2014.
The Nyanya Market bomb blast which resulted to the deaths of many Nigerians happened when Arase was the helmsman of the Nigeria Police Force.
He called for an end to the rivalry among the various security agencies in the country.
Arase disclosed this while delivering the 47th Founder’s Day lecture of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) where he advocated that the various agitations in the country should be addressed to avert rebellion.
The former IGP who spoke on the topic: “Internal security dynamics and the imperative of a new Policing Thought in Nigeria”, said the absence of a national security policy has remained a major gap in policing the nation.
“When the Nyanya bomb blast occurred few years ago, before the crime scene was secured, all the inter-security agents were all there. Some were busy picking what they were supposed to even use as evidence without their hands…
“And a friend called me from the United kingdom and said Solomon, all the evidences have been picked. So, what evidence are you going to use.
“Everybody wants to win a gold medal, which is good anyway,” he said.
Arase said the advancement of technology which has become a threat to internal security, if properly harnessed with the right investment, could solve security concerns.
He recommended that the introduction of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras should be made a prerequisite to approve building code in Nigeria which is unlike the Britain and Wales that have 4.8 million CCTV cameras.
He stated that poor public perception of Nigeria police was “a drivable from what our historic foundation that we inherited from the United Kingdom” which is a departure from what they have.
He said unemployment had created social and economic inequality in the Country.
“A police Force that cannot elicit the confidence and trust of society cannot police well.
“Averaged armed policemen in Nigeria today still believe that those he should police are conquered people”, he said
Commenting on the lecture, Kano Emir, HRH Mohammed Sanusi, described the Founder’s Day lecturer, Solomon Arase as an all round scholar and a role model for the Nigerian youth.
He said until relevant authorities and non-state actors make serious committee to re-jig the economy, lamentation may persist.