After several months of respite, the orgy of killings and maiming seems to have resumed again in Plateau State. At the last count, tens of innocent indigenes, settlers, and all manner of inhabitants have been killed. While some were killed in their sleep, others were shot in the bush in the course of fleeing the attacks.
While the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Zamfara, and Katsina are yet to abate, Nasarawa State received its own share of unfortunate bloodletting a few days ago. Many people were killed, and their decomposing bodies were hurriedly buried in mass graves. Most unfortunate!
In the Southeast, just when most residents are beginning to disregard the Monday sit-at-home order by ESN and its allies, the terrorists seem to be upping their destructive tactics. In the last few days, more than 7 have been reported to have died of attacks by unknown gunmen and kidnappers.
An Ideato-born billionaire was killed by his kidnappers despite paying a ransom of 10 million Naira. American embassy officials with two police orderlies were killed in Anambra State this week. Conversely, some notorious bandits, including the notorious Odumodu were shot dead in Anambra State last week.
The question is, why are Nigerian security forces so helpless in nipping these killings in the bud? Why do Nigerians have to continue burying their loved ones over senseless killings? Just why! To prove that these killings are planned and tactically executed by people, why did they reduce during the cashless crisis?
In fact, kidnapping practically disappeared from Nigeria because the cash incentive was clearly missing. I think security agencies should have another look at the money trail in Nigeria in order to understand what role money plays in these killings.
The Federal Government needs to go beyond the reactionary military deployment mode and do more strategic intelligence gathering in unmasking the root causes of these killings and their masterminds.
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Enough of the killings, Nigerians are suffering too much already. President Buhari has come to the end of his tenure, it’s now the responsibility of the incoming President to restrategize, rethink and rework the security model, no more excuses.
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