President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan on Friday, declared those attacking Police formations and Correctional centres as enemies of the people.
This is his first response since the Imo State Police Command and Correctional centres were razed by suspected gunmen in Owerri earlier this week.
The statement said the Senate President made the comments on Friday in the capital city of Owerri where he commissioned a street project that was completed by the administration of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
The street which is named after a former Senate President, Late Chief Evan Enwerem is one of many infrastructural projects inaugurated to mark 1 year in office of Governor Uzodimma.
Speaking at the event, Lawan billed the public to take possession of the projects, use them well and protect them as their projects.
“we’ve been experiencing insecurity lately especially in Imo State — that the jailbreak, burning of Police Headquarters and so forth. These may be efforts by enemies of these people to divert this administration or indeed the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“When a government programme or job is vandalised, as soon as a government association is vandalised and burnt, those doing so are enemies of these people because when you incarcerate somebody in prison and normally the expected process will be adopted. This can be in the public interest and therefore for anybody, whosoever that person is, to go and release prisoners or burn down the Correctional centre known as a prison, isn’t any 1 enemy of the people.
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“Our security agencies require more funds to make sure that we are protected and lifestyle is procured as well as our property. We will continue to support our security agencies in partnership with the Executive arm of the government.
“This is so important because this type of mindset, this sort of insurrection can result in the insurgency. We have witnessed that from the Northeast.
“Thank God from 2015, the insecurity and insurgency in the Northeast Began to come down Due to the efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“We have unfortunately discovered that we have other safety challenges from banditry into militancy,” Lawan said.
The Senate President reported the appointment of the new Service Chiefs and Acting Inspector General of Police was to inject new ideas in a bid to finally overcome the security challenges.
Lawan urged that the people of Imo State continue to support the authorities of their day.
“It’s thus important that you ought to continue to encourage the government of Senator Hope Uzodimma in Imo State since this is your administration.
“There’s no them and us.’ It’s the Government of the people by the people and for its people. So this is the Government.
“Senator Hope Uzodimma, your Governor, didn’t become Governor until you have voted for him. We are pleased with him. We’re pleased with his achievements.
“Both the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership and Imo State under the leadership of Senator Hope Uzodimma receive far less than the preceding administrations, nevertheless they do far more than the previous administrations,” Lawan said.
The Senate President said the achievements recorded despite the decline in earnings were the result of prudence and discipline.
“We do this knowingly. We do this purposely. We do so patriotically since we believe that both arms of government are voted in to serve the people and where we have to disagree with the Executive arm of government, we will do so.
“We have done so before and if it becomes necessary to do so, we’ll do it again. However, where we don’t have any reason to differ, where we have no reason to say, we will not disagree and we won’t say,” Lawan said.
The Senate President was accompanied on the trip by Senator Jibrin Barau, Senator Biobarakuma Degi, Senator Halliru Jika, Senator Sani Musa, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele.