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I am a political scientist by training but at heart I am a change maker with an insatiable drive to correct the injustices that plague Nigeria.
 
 

Monday, December 3, 2012

The New Police in Town


It seems as though the trend of Governor Rochas Okorocha making “fabulous” decisions is continuing. He has really done it this time. He now has established and activated ‘Imo Security Network’http://www.imostate.gov.ng/imo-state-news/news_details.php?idx=imsg-launches-imo-security-network-with-324-men-7691151318140. This is a private community security outfit that has been commissioned to take action against the violence that is occurring in Imo state.

         Imo Security Network being inaugurated @ Ahijoku Convention center, Owerri Imo State.

This seems rather odd to me…why has he not taken action to strengthen the appropriate trained and sanctioned police department? How are the citizens supposed to know who is truly there to uphold the safety and security of the country? I do not understand how the citizens of Nigeria are supposed to know whom to contact when they are in need of law enforcement support. Do they call the security official or the police?

I am very concerned about this body of individuals being given firearms and other weapons. Who is governing them? Are they trained? Who are they accountable to? This seems like it could turn into a vigilante group, which is definitely the last thing Nigeria needs.

I am wondering if Rochas Okorocha has thought through the impact this action may have upon the police force. The police officers are most likely feeling undervalued. Governor Rochas Okorocha’ actions clearly show that he does not trust them or believe in their competency in fighting crimes in Imo state.

Now that Rochas Okorocha has outsourced law enforcement what is next on the list…fire service, healthcare, transportation? This is a very slippery slope with significant consequences. Perhaps we should look at outsourcing the Governor position of Imo State Nigeria.
 
Other articles on Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state Nigeria:
One hell of a birthday party! - http://chiedufelix.blogspot.com/2012/10/one-hell-of-birthday-party.html
Remediation Course Needed - http://chiedufelix.blogspot.com/2012/10/one-hell-of-birthday-party.html
So Enamored with Himself -  http://chiedufelix.blogspot.com/2012/06/so-enamored-with-himself.html