The Federal Government of Nigeria has been asked to justify the money being spent on security.
The call to justify the security spending was made by the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Katsina State on Wednesday.
The CSOs asked the FG to justify its security spending by ensuring the safety of lives and property of Nigerians.
The coalition made the demand while reacting to Tuesday’s death of the Dutsinma Area Commander, ACP Aminu Umar, in a gun duel with terrorists.
The coalition in a statement by its Katsina Chairman, Abdulrahman Abdullahi, lamented the death of the Police Area Commander, insisting that the incident speaks volumes of inadequacies in Nigeria’s security system.
The statement read, “It is disturbing that government’s inability to provide our security men with working tools and chase bandits to their enclaves is continually resulting in loss of gallantry Officers like ACP Aminu Umar and other innocent Nigerians.
“The bandits are gradually becoming stronger and bold by the day. The fight should be taken to their enclaves using land and air forces. But unfortunately, the airforce and army are not striking with the needed force. You will see fighter jets flying in the sky but when you ask for casualties you can’t see any. Bandits are attacking innocent people a few miles away from military bases but no intervention.
”Money is spent on a daily basis for security but the situation is worsening every day. It is high time the President and the National Assembly should begin to query why there is no commensurate results to security investment. This senseless killing must stop.”
Meanwhile, Katsina Police Commissioner, Idris Dauda, on Wednesday led the top management team of the state police command to Kurfi town for the burial of ACP Aminu Umar who was ambushed and killed by terrorists in Safana Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.
The solemn Islamic burial was also attended by top police officers as well as the rank and file who were majorly from the Katsina command.
The Spokesman for the Command, Gambo Isah, said the Area Commander was killed along with an unnamed officer in the line of duty.
He said, “On Tuesday, 06, July 2022 at about 11.30 a.m, a distress call was received that terrorists numbering over three hundred (300), on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), ambushed ACP Aminu Umar, Area Commander, Dutsinma and team, while on clearance operation of recalcitrant bandits/terrorists, in Zakka forest, Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.
“Consequently, the Area Commander and one other gallantly lost their lives during a cross-exchange of gunfire.”