ISAAC OJO writes that the former Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Nnewi Central Police Station (CPS) and Onitsha Central Police Station at different times, Mr Ikechukwu Egbochukwu has called on government to initiate process of fighting criminality with employment.
Mr Egbochukwu the chairman, CEO IKOBY Enterprise Oraifite in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra state made this call during an interaction with journalists at the corporate headquarters of his business venture.
The former police chief said the axiom that idle hands are devil’s workshop will continue to remain true and that it is incumbent on the government to give platforms to give meaningful employment to the teeming youths who graduate from institutions of higher learning every year.
The IKOBY business enterprises boss said the fight against criminals and criminality will begin to be successful when there is alternative to criminality.
He expressed worry over the rampant attacks and killing of police officers across the country noting that the development is indicative of a failed system.
Mr Egbochukwu noted that for the police to be on good grounds to fight the men of the underworld, there is urgent need for the government to inject over thirty thousand officers into the force so to intimidate the criminals with population strength.
The former crime buster said that apart from employment of more hands into police force, the issue of crime fighting equipment must be taken seriously.
“More hands should be employed and properly equipped with modern day equipment so that they can be in a better position to fight modern day crimes.” Egbochukwu noted.
He also stressed the need for men and officer to always be on duty alert knowing fully well that police are the major threat to criminals are also the primary target for hoodlums.
“The need for policemen on duty to be very alert can not be overemphasized, the guns they carry are target of criminals and they must ensure that they are alert to protect their lives and the guns in their possession.” The former DPO stressed.
He however tasked parents to give the training of their children the seriousness it deserves so that their children would not end up becoming hoodlums.
The former DPO when asked to comment on the political development in the country berated the 9th Assembly of the Senate for reducing themselves to rubber stamps for the executive.
“It’s is surprising that the 9th Assembly in their first sitting confirm the CJN who was not cleared by the 8th Assembly because of issues of qualifications of the person nominated by the executive.” He reasoned.
Egbochukwu who said the worst democracy will always be better than military dictatorship said Nigeria in actual sense can not be said to be in democracy.