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A don, Augustine Ikelegbe has faulted the presidential order of shoot-at-sight and the imposition of no-flying-zones as a solution to the insecurity within the nation, describing it as a belated choice.

Ikelegbe, who’s a Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) stated if such measures had been taken years earlier, it might have slowed down the proliferation of arms and brazen show of arms by people who will not be permitted to bear such arms.

Prof. Ikelegbe stated this whereas delivering a lecture entitled “Proliferation of Small Arms and the Steaming Conundrum of Insecurity in Nigeria: Prospect for Management and Sustainable Security” at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in memory of the late Director-General of the Institute, Prof. Habu Galadima.

He said efficient and instant measures ought to be taken at acceptable instances for containment of arms proliferation.

According to him, improved sophistication within the arming and gear of the security and defence forces had been crucial in fighting insecurity. He emphasised the need to be used of improved technology such as drones against criminal herders within the ungoverned areas and in addition they need increased air assaults on bandits’ camps and kidnappers’ dens by more sophisticated aircraft.

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He stated: “There must be re-orientation from the dominant method which has been laborious core, involving elevated deployments, armaments, and armed excessive force which has hardly successfully resolved conflicts, violence and insurgencies, to more broad, non-kinetic and peace-constructing approaches,” he stated.

Prof. Ikelegbe added that the LEA sector has to be restructured in line with the observe of federalism, to decentralise command and management and deployment of personnel, including that Community Policing has been bandied for some time however its implementation, attain and practice remains to be very restricted and the results but to be broadly felt.

Prof. Ikelegbe noted that good governance was essential to the efficiency of state roles in public sector administration, economy and security.

The Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo praised the virtues of the late Director-General of the institute, including that within the short time that he piloted the affairs of the National Institute, there were tremendous transformation and innovations.


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