The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has expressed shock and sadness at the killing of the Kwara State commissioner of police, Mr. Chinwike Asadu, by? unknown gunmen, saying the death reinforces the belief in certain circles that Nigeria is fast becoming a failed state.
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said if such a high ranking security officer can be so cheaply gunned down, then no one was safe.
?It called on the police high command to ensure that the killers are caught and brought to justice, to prevent a recurrence.
?ACN said it was imperative to catch the perpetrators and bring the full weight of the law to bear on them because nothing portrays a nation as a failed state more than when security agents, on whose shoulders lie the responsibility of protecting lives and property, themselves become easy targets for criminals.
?‘’Because of their onerous tasks, the police personnel and other security agents deserve a reinforced level of security.
They need to be alive and well before they can protect the lives and property of others. That is why one of the indices of a failed state is anarchy, which starts when security agents become targets of attacks and criminal elements overwhelm state security apparatus
?‘’Attacks on police and military formations; killing of security agents, out-of-control armed robbery and pervasive kidnapping, just to mention a few of the security challenges facing our nation, are pointers to the fact that our country is fast becoming a failed state, irrespective of what government apologists may say or the spin they may put on things.
Meanwhile, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) yesterday said the murder of the Kwara State commissioner of police, Mr. Chinwike Asadu, was indicative that the present administration had failed in its cardinal responsibility of protecting lives and property.
The ANPP however charged the federal government, the Nigeria Police and other law enforcement agencies, not to leave any stone unturned in thoroughly solving the mystery behind this heinous murder.
According to the spokesman of the ANPP, Hon Emma Enuekwu? the “bizarre development is another pointer that the PDP led federal government has failed in securing the lives and properties of the ordinary Nigerian which is the paramount duty it owes the citizens of this great nation.”
The party further condemned the murder adding that it is “a reprehensible action which ought to belong only to the imaginative plots of thriller movies.”
The party continued “in recent times Nigeria has been enmeshed in several unsolved mysterious deaths perpetrated by so-called unknown gunmen; thereby making our streets dreadful and our hinterlands theatres of crime.
“However, the murder of a serving police commissioner is as bloodcurdling as it is weird. Our great party ponders if a top level law enforcement officer could be mowed down in such a manner, what then is the fate of the ordinary citizen or the low ranking officer out there in the street? And the answer is manifest, to the effect that this PDP government has failed in the cardinal duty it owes the citizens of this great country with whom it has a social contract: that of security.
“Surely, this is the time to muster all forensic resources, and new technologies to ensure that the nomenclature of ‘unknown gunmen’ is permanently deleted from our national lexicon, and collective consciousness.