Illegal arms deal is a serious security breach – Lawmaker

Published on October 13, 2014 by   ·   No Comments

Eromosele Ebhomele

Spokesman of the Lagos State House of Assembly, western Nigeria, and chairman of its Committee on Security, Segun Olulade, on Monday described the current arms purchase scandal rocking the country’s government as a breach of security.

He also said what happened was a breach of the protocol of some offices and constitutional provisions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Olulade said the fact that the process was faulty and inappropriate makes it illegal.

“The merry-go-round approach adopted by the Federal Government at purchasing arms for the purpose of fighting insurgency has put the nation on yet another spot of embarrassment that is becoming too many of a government,” the representative of Epe Constituency 2 said.

Olulade clarified that while Nigerians do not have anything against purchase of arms to fight insurgency, the shady deals around it is highly questionable and disturbing.

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He stressed that strict compliance to the laws of the country is the only way to ensure discipline in governance and thus earn peoples’ confidence across board.

Olulade also berated the recent attack on a judge and lawyers in Ekiti state in a situation he described as “show of shame against justice.”

He said: “the nation risks anarchy when attacks on judiciary are treated like normal occurrence in the society.

“In the more appropriate situation, the presidency is supposed to have directed the Inspector-General of Police to provide immediate security for the Judges to continue to sit over Mr. Ayo Fayose’s trials.

“It is unfortunate that the matter is being treated with kid gloves as usual. It is more unfortunate that for the fear and threat of one man, the court remains under lock and key, unable to sit and dispense judgement.”

Olulade said the nation remains bereaved by persistent and habitual break down of law and order by institutions expected to be model for the citizenry.

He said the nation has witnessed too many awkward and abnormal situations under the present government and that his biggest wish for the moment is to see a transition take place in February that ushers in the much desired change by Nigerians.

“Everyday, I see thousands of faces on the streets, looking tired and worried; frustrated and angry. The people are pressed to breaking point and the only antidote to the explosion of this time-bomb is to have a change in the status quo of Nigeria’s governance,” he said.

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