By Theresa Ukpong, Uyo
Udom Ekpoudom, (fomer Deputy Inspector General of police Retd), on Monday put a blame of insecurity persistent of the country on ill-equipped armed forces and the police.
He posted that, the Nigeria armed forces and the police lacked sophisticated equipment to contain the rising security issues in the country.
The DIG, who spoke with our correspondent in Uyo, condenmed the agitation for the removal of Service Chiefs saying retaining them might be part of the problem but not entirely the solution to the nation’s security challenges.
In his words, “I don’t think that removing the security Chiefs is the problem. That might be part of it, but our biggest problem is that the Armed forces and the police are not well equipped. If they are not well equipped, then don’t expect them to perform magic. Let us copy from what other countries are doing and equip our security agencies adequately.”
“If you remove the Service Chiefs one hundred times and fail to give them the necessary equipment you have not changed anything” he added.
He called for a review of the salaries and allowances of the parliamentarians, insisting that if this was not done, that Nigerians won’t see peace.
According to him, “ The problem we are having in Nigeria is that we are laying wrong emphasis on wrong things. How do we spent most of our resources in National Assembly. The money they take home every day is just too much. If the salaries and allowances of these parliamentarians is not cut down to fund security issues, Nigeria will not see peace.”
“ I worked with the Nigeria police for many years and I know that our problem is lack of equipment” he said.