By Charles Nwoke, Abakaliki, Nigeria.
Photo courtesy of local news services.
A police officer who pleaded anonymity has informed Nigerians that it would be extremely difficult for Force personnel to provide adequate security for now.
The Divisional Police Officer, in a chat with PRNigeria, advised citizens to protect themselves from hoodlums ahead of the yuletide.
He spoke at the weekend after a joint meeting of law enforcement agencies in the Southern States worst hit by the violence that followed the End SARS protests.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Nigerian military, security, intelligence, and response agencies.
He analyzed how the assaults on security manpower dampened the morale of servicemen and women.
The DPO said: “In these ember months, up to Christmas and New Year, I doubt if any of the services can guarantee maximum security. There is no way we can discharge our statutory responsibilities when we have become soft targets.”
The DPO declared that it would be over his dead body to allow any of his subordinates to be drafted to risky situations anytime soon.
“Our destroyed facilities are yet to be reconstructed; looted armories are yet to be restocked. Our men and women are yet to get over the atrocities committed by the same people we are charged to protect. How can we return to duty posts?”