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DOPF charges Gov Okowa to implement Delta State Community Security Corps Agency Law of 2020

By Akpos Oghenetega,

The Delta State Online Publishers Forum (DOPF) has called on the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to expedient action on the implementation of Delta State Community Security Corps Agency Law 2020.

 

It also urged the Governor to send an Executive Bill to the State House of Assembly to give legal backing to the Ban on Open Grazing in the State.

DOPF in a letter signed by its Chairman, Emmanuel Enebeli and Secretary, Shedrack Onitsha and addressed to the Governor, noted that the call became necessary in the face of the Federal Government’s controlled Police Force and other security agencies’ likely refusal to enforce the Southern Governors’ declaration on ban on open grazing in Southern Nigeria.

The Publishers recalled that the law for the Delta State Community Security Agency Corps structure was to have members of the corps recruited within the state and possibly, some members of the Vigilantes as members, pointing that it was structured to have its operational Headquarters in Asaba and controlled by the State’s Commander with provision for Zonal and Local Government Commanders, which tend to place it as a communal based security formation, backed by law of the State.

The letter reads in part, “We the members of the Delta Online Publishers Forum, (DOPF), an organization known for its Ethics, Professionalism and Service on social and economic development issues wish to bring to your attention, our concern over the increasing insecurity in many parts of the country, and in Delta State.

“It’s on record that because of this issue of increasing insecurity in the State, especially with the rampant cases of kidnapping, and clashes between herders and farmers, you found it expedient to send an Executive Bill to the Delta State House of Assembly, known as the Delta State Security Corps Bill, 2020, aimed to establish a community-based Security outfit to assist in the maintenance of law and order in the State.

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“The Delta State House of Assembly on June 20, 2020, passed the Bill for the establishment of Delta State Community Security Agency into law, and the Bill was assented to by Your Excellency, the Governor on July 29, 2020, to become an Act.

“However, a year on, this Act, which we believe was well thought out in order to assist in enhancing security operations at the grassroots towards combating crime, and complementing other Security Agencies in the State, is yet to be implemented.

“We think that the Delta State Government should show commitment to the security and welfare of Deltans, as a matter of urgency, and set up a Committee to start forthwith the implementation of the Delta State Community Security Agency Corps Law.

“We want to believe that this Government means well for Deltans when it sponsored this bill that has become law, but we are however taken aback that you are yet to keep the commitment to execute the fundamentals of this law to make it operational.

“Your Excellency, as a responsible organization, we urgently advocate the implementation of this Law to curb the daily pains Deltans and other Nigerians residing in the State are facing, as a result of security challenges, as the law from our understanding, seeks to harmonize all the Local Vigilantes in the State, and this could also be the beginning of the process of the State Policing of which you have been a great advocate.

“We are partners in the development of the State, who are daily in the midst of the people, and we see what many go through in achieving their economic needs. As you may be aware, as the Executive Governor and Chief Security Officer of the State, some parts of this State have become prone to criminal elements who have occupied such areas.

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