Insecurity: decentralize security architecture to end banditry, kidnappings and more – Folarin tells FG
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin called for the decentralization of the security architecture in the country.
Folarin noted that this was necessary to put an end to the growing cases of kidnappings, banditry, armed robberies and other criminal activities in the country.
Folarin, who represents the central senatorial district of Oyo in the National Assembly, made a disclosure at the 2021 alumni conference of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, branch of the state from Oyo, Friday.
Present at the conference titled “The Challenges of Governance and Security in Nigeria” was a member of the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi, former Chairman of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief Adebayo Oyero, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke and Chef Lowo Obisesan among others.
DAILY POST reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker studied political science at the institution.
The former Senate leader, who admitted that insecurity statistics were increasing in geometric proportions, advised the current administration to decentralize the security architecture in the country in order to effectively control the country.
He added that the continued deterioration of the security situation had affected the socio-economic and political development of the country.
He argued that there was no way for security officers to effectively tackle security issues in the country if the security architecture was not decentralized.
Folarin insisted that it will be difficult for a police officer from Awka in Anambra state to effectively control the Oja Igbo area of Ibadan because he does not know the terrain.
He went on to say that social media has exacerbated security concerns in the country, although it has the advantage of quickly and widely disseminating information.
“Perhaps we should think more about the need to decentralize the country’s security architecture.
“It is very clear that the statistics of insecurity are increasing in large and geometric proportions. We are all witnessing the negative effects of insecurity in the country.
“These include incidents and cases of kidnappings, armed robberies, violence and other acts of insurgency.
“There is no way that a policeman from Awka in Ananbra could come to Oja Igbo in Ibadan and effectively monitor the area. He does not know the terrain. It is therefore necessary to decentralize the security architecture in the country.
“We must highlight the fact that social media has compounded the challenges of security and governance in the country. What do I mean?
“New media have the advantage of quickly and widely disseminating information, but new media are also notorious for disseminating half-truths and fake news which may pose more problems in the minds of the public. nation, ”he said.