The Nigerian Police Force has been tasked not to use their outdated style of policing in seeking to get to the roots of the continuous bombardment by unknown gunmen of police facilities and other National Institutions located in the South East and South South of Nigeria.
This according to the prominent Civil society organization- HUMANRIGHTSWRITERSASSOCIATIONOFNIGERIA (HURIWA), is because if the police have actually arrested some of the unknown gunmen and extracted quality intelligence then the spate of attacks by the same characters would have abated.
In a media statement endorsed jointly by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss. Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA cautioned the police not to use the notorious methodology known with them such as roping in some unfortunate individuals caught in conflict with the law to admit being the persons responsible for spate of attacks, a confession the Rights group believes would have been elicited by police through intensive physical torture.
“We are by this media statement cautioning the Police not to use their old ways of rounding up certain suspects from wherever with the purpose of parading them hurriedly before the media as suspects in a given crime of high public notoriety just so the Commissioner of Police gets the accolades.”
“The attacks targeting security Institutions in the South East and South South, are not the usual conventional crime, these attacks are so complex and sophisticated in nature that the policing Institution in partnership with the Department of state services (DSS) and the intelligence department of the armed forces of Nigeria should synergize their strategies and adopt technology driven, scientific and evidence based forensic investigations to actually arrest the authentic crime suspects so as to put an end to the attacks”.
The Rights group has therefore expressed shock that the spike of violent attacks had continued even when the Anambra, Rivers State and Imo State Police Commands told the media that they have had breakthroughs in arresting the unknown gunmen.
HURIWA has therefore condemned the attack by gunmen in the early hours of Monday which razed Ubakala police station in Apumiri community, Ubakala in Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State. Ubakala police station is located off the ever-busy Ubakala-Old Umuahia road.
The Rights said although it is gratifying that no life was lost in the attack, which lasted for about an hour and that vehicles within the premises were burnt while the police building was set ablaze just as the Chief Fire Officer of Enugu State, Mr Okwudili Ohaa, said timely intervention of Fire Service saved INEC headquarters from burning down completely.
HURIWA said thus: “We urge the high command of the Nigerian Police Force to ensure that only the best trained police police investigators are deployed to the operations which are targeted at checking and possibly stopping these attacks. The Rights group said it will be foolhardy for the police to fall back on their time dishonoured tactics of arresting anyhow persons and parading them before the media as the suspected unknown gunmen.