The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has expressed shock and sadness over the killing of the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chinwike Asadu, by yet unknown gunmen, saying the death reinforces the belief in certain circles that Nigeria is fast becoming a failed state.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said if such a high ranking security officer can be so cheaply gunned down, “then no one is safe!”
It however, called on the police high command to ensure that the killers are caught and brought to justice, to prevent a recurrence, stressing that it is imperative to catch the perpetrators and bring the full weight of the law to bear on them as nothing portrays a nation as a failed state more than when security agents, on whose shoulders lie the responsibility of protecting lives and property, themselves become easy targets for criminals.
”Because of their onerous tasks, the police personnel and other security agents deserve a reinforced level of security. They need to be alive and well before they can protect the lives and property of others. That is why one of the indices of a failed state is anarchy, which starts when security agents become targets of attacks and criminal elements overwhelm state security apparatus.
”Attacks on police and military formations; killing of security agents, out-of-control armed robbery and pervasive kidnapping, just to mention a few of the security challenges facing our nation, are pointers to the fact that our country is fast becoming a failed state”