Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
North-Eastern Nigeria: Borno, Adamawa, Yobe
Vigilantes, the so-called civilian Joint Task Force ~cJTF have become a menace to civilians.
Civilian JTF intimidate Nigerians already displaced as a result of the insurgency, deny them re-entry into camps for internally displaced persons ~IDPs and extort money from them.
Worse still, those bandits exploit the insecurity in the North-East region to harass and endanger civilians such that the latter will have to defend self.
Of course, the outcome is clear – the civilian is shot dead, yes, by the civilian JTF, who claim they are a force of security for their community.
Rather, those hoodlums are a new line of insecurity for vulnerable residents.
Men and women who take refuge in camps and venture into their surroundings in search of a livelihood risk humiliation from the civilian JTF.
The movement of citizens out of refugee camps or into villages has now degenerated into a life-threatening event.
No, Boko Haram are not the sole source of deprivation of freedoms.
The Constitution guarantees for all law abiding Nigerians the freedoms of dignity, pursuit of an earning, movement and so on.
Yes, the right to freedom of movement can be circumscribed for exigencies, and only by recognised authorities.
Who granted armed vigilantes the authority to deprive citizens access to any part of Nigeria?
In addition, whose concept of security or self-defence extends to deliberately aggravating a conflict with a civilian, only to shoot them once they attempt to protect self?
Those so-called civilian JTF are a security threat.
Perhaps, they are no longer being regulated.
Perhaps, their powers have been extended to include violations of the sanctity of civilians.
The Nigeria Police Force ~NPF are urged to strive harder to preserve the rights and freedoms of citizens.
The police are required to monitor any use of licensed guns to ensure compliance with the laws of the Federation.
Arms in the arms of bullies is counterproductive.