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Galadimawa killings: Expert calls for police reforms

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe

The President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, Dr Ona Ekhomu, has called on the Federal Government to reform the Nigeria Police Force.

Ekhomu, a Lagos-based security expert, said on Thursday that the rise in killings all over the country and targeting of law enforcement officers revealed that the reform was overdue.

He lamented the killing of the seven cops in Galadimawa, urging the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to deploy investigative assets to arrest the perpetrators.

“The proposed police reforms must be aimed at transforming the security institution from its current dysfunctional state into an agency that can play an effective, legitimate and democratically accountable role in providing effective and measurable security services to Nigerians,” he added.

Ekhomu explained that the police must be reformed to achieve its constitutional mandate of ensuring security for Nigerians, adding that service, integrity and professionalism must become the guiding principles of the force to regain public trust and respect.

He called on the Force to provide a bounty of N20m for information leading to the arrest of the people behind the killing of the policemen.

Ekhomu said, “Also, Nigerians deserve to know who these heroes were. No hero serving his fatherland should be left behind in the field of battle. All heroes are heroes.

“These men laid down their lives so the rest of us can live in a civilized society. We must honour their sacrifice.”

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