Probe security challenges in Nigeria, group urges FG

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The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre has called on the Federal Government to investigate the security challenges bedeviling the country.

In a statement made available to The PUNCH on Tuesday, CISLAC Director, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, stated that the need to investigate became necessary following the recent attack on the Kuje Medium Custodial Centre in the Federal Capital Territory.

Members of the Islamic States of West African Province had attacked the custodial centre on July 6, leading to the death of three terrorists, an Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps official, and four inmates.

Also, during the attack, 879 inmates, including 69 terrorists, were freed, while a total of 443 were recaptured.

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In the statement commemorating Africa Anti-Corruption Day, CISLAC has tasked the FG with the need for a thorough investigation.

The statement, dated July 11, partly read, “There is also a need to investigate the deteriorating security situation bedeviling the country, the latest which is the Kuje prison break.”

The PUNCH had, however, reported that the military authorities had commenced an investigation into the alleged negligence of its personnel during the attack.

Asides from the attack, CISLAC also noted some other vital areas that the FG has to work on to ensure transparency and lack of corruption.

“Recent discoveries of huge sums in the residence of military contractors need to be investigated to its logical conclusion. Funds meant for securing the lives and properties of Nigerians shouldn’t be diverted,” Rafsanjani said.

He continued, “We at CISLAC will like to remind the government of the need to be transparent on its expenditures. A good example is the lingering fuel scarcity which has lasted for months. This is despite the vast sums set aside for subsidy payments. Citizens struggle to understand how trillions are budgeted for fuel subsidies.

“This year’s celebration is a good time to remind INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission), anti-graft agencies, and law enforcement agencies of their role in enabling free and fair elections devoid of dirty money and vote trading.”

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