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Dcn Monday Enudi

By Emeka Nwokocha

Human rights activist and Delta state Director of Conference for the Actualization of Human Rights (CAHR), Dcn Monday Enudi has decried the harzardous and dehumanizing condition under which police officers attached to the Military operations in Delta state, popularly known as operations steel Water.

Dcn Enudi, while lamenting the inhuman treatment being meted out to the police officers, at the base of Operation Steel Water, called on Delta state Commissioner of police, Mr. Ari Muhammed Ali, the Inspector General of police (IGP), Mr. Usman Alkali Baba, as well as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya to treat the security personnel at the base with dignity, stating that they do not deserve the dehumanizing treatment they are being subjected to currently.

His words, “I passionately call on the Delta state Commissioner of police, Mr. Ari Mohammed Ali, the Inspector General of police, Mr. Usman Baba and the military top brass to ensure the welfare of the police and military personnel in the Operation Steel Water’s base, Asaba is not compromised.”

The rights activist continued, “a situation where the military operations base lacks basic facilities such as camp beds, portable water, even good food for the security personnel, seriously puts the life of the security officers at huge risk, a development that doesn’t speak well of our image as a country.”

“Why should a base meant for military operations lack basic amenities such as portable water, and camp beds. To say that police officers, and other security personnel in the ‘Operation Steel Water’s base cannot have good meals, drinking water and camp beds to rest their heads after a tedious rountine security duties, is simply intolerable,” Enudi said sarcastically.

He called on Nigerian government not to trivialize the welfare of security agencies in the country.
He said, “the Nigeria government should stop handling and treating the police and other security agencies like slaves. I must unequivocally state that security personnel have fundamental rights like other Nigerian citizens, and we need to commend them for working tirelessly to protect lives, property, and territorial space of the Nigerian state.”

Dcn Enudi added, “the government should as a matter of urgency give the welfare of the security personnel a priority by ensuring their salaries are paid as and when due.”

He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari, as former military officer knows the implications of not paying salaries of security personnel as and when due. Therefore, it is no exaggeration to say that boosting the morale of security personnel will motivate them to do the needful and eradicate crimes in our country.”

Dcn Enudi continued, “I don’t want to subscribe to the rumour making the round that police men will not get their salaries in the month of December, but if that is true, then we need an explanation from the government and Mr. president.”

“We want the police to do their best in providing water-tight security for the development of the country, but in doing that, their welfare – salary, allowances, and their general wellbeing must not be taken for granted. When the government does that, the rising incidence of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and other heinous crimes will be curtailed with alacrity, and Nigeria will be a better and safe country to live in.

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