Keffi - A social activist has urged the federal government to intervene amid youth restiveness and the subsequent spike in violent crime in Keffi, Nassarawa State.
Omaga Daniel, the activist, decried the state government and police were ill-equipped to deal with the setback, particularly armed robberies.
“In the last 30 days, youth restiveness in Keffi and environs has leaped. Violent crimes often committed by adequately armed youth gangs have increased. These have threatened the peace of society,” he said.
Already, as much as 10 successful robbery operations have been recorded, he bemoaned.
Daniel said the state government was plagued with illiquidity and might not have the might to provide additional support to security agents.
“Ending this situation is therefore squarely on the Nigeria Police Force which should also arrest the trend of unauthorized persons owning light arms. Maybe an amnesty deal should be considered like in Benue State.”
However, he noted the local police team, though aware of this situation, was helpless within the dictates of the current circumstances.
“They are poorly equipped and their welfare is discouraging. Consequently, men and officers of the force will rather refrain from adequately protecting property and lives since they obviously lack capacity to so perform.”
The activist noted the local vigilante service made up of mainly volunteers is struggling to contain the menace.
“This development is an ugly one and should not be in a society like Nigeria especially as the past government is known to have invested heavily in security especially in the North.”
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He thus called for the federal government’s intervention.
“Unless deliberate steps are taken by government to nip this development, house-to-house robberies will quickly escalate to highway robbery,” warned Daniel.
“If the persons involved in the acts are not jailed by the government after prosecution, they may graduate to assassins with tendency to boost the rank of the Boko Haram terrorist cell which though hibernating is yet to disband.”
Keffi is situated less than 10 kilometres from the Federal Capital Territory. It is a host community to a Federal Medical Facility and the 177 Guard Battalion of the Nigerian Army as well as a university and the national television channel.
- CAJ News