A group, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, has advised the federal government to deploy hi-tech crime detecting technologies in the fight against terrorism.
The Chairman of the group, Mr. Emeka Umeagbasi, gave the advice yesterday in a statement in Onitsha, Anambra State.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Umeagbasi said government should also use foreign experts in the fight against terrorism.
The group said that the only way out of the multi-faceted security breaches was for government to secure services of trained terrorism intelligence experts.
“This explains why there are over four million hidden security cameras in the United Kingdom.
“The world’s two most endangered countries: Israel and USA are secured every hour through electronic security devices and super security intelligence networks,’’ it said.
The statement said more than 60,000 Nigerians had been killed since 1999, a period of 15 years.
“In four months into 2014 alone, up to 3,000 Nigerians have been killed by criminals.
“Those killed by insurgents are believed to be over 1,500.
“While another armed opposition group, popularly known as gunmen, must have been responsible for over 1,000 deaths,’’ it said.
The group said that the insurgency was surmountable, but the country “lacks electronic security devices fundamentally needed to match the insurgents asymmetric warfare.’’
It advised those in the national conference that they had the responsibility of finding solutions to the causes of social vices in all its ramifications in the country.
Pay Outstanding Fuel Subsidy Claims, Marketers Plead with FG
The Executive Secretary, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Obafemi Olawore, has pleaded with the federal government to pay marketers’ subsidy claims to avoid fuel scarcity.
Olawore made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday, claiming that the outstanding subsidy claims stood at N53.6 billion.
“As at April 1, we were still owed an outstanding of over N53.6 billion by government on subsidy which makes it extremely difficult for marketers to import products into the country.
“Most major and independent marketers who received Sovereign Debt Note from Debt Management Office last time never had it translated to cash from banks.
“We appealed to the Ministry of Finance to approve payment of our subsidy claims because this had made it difficult for some marketers to get loans from banks,’’ he said.
Olawore also advised the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to start importation of second quarter allocation of petroleum to avoid fuel crisis.
“Delay on allocation of importation might cause product scarcity in the country if not managed carefully,’’ he said.
He alleged that the N41 billion that was recently paid to marketers did not reflect total arrears owed marketers to date.
He promised that the association would ensure total support for government in ensuring a robust petroleum distribution across the country if the association’s plea was taken seriously.
Investigation revealed that in spite of 77,000 metric tonnes of petrol distributed by the association during the Easter break, some major oil marketers’ retail outlets in Lagos still sell petrol at N100 per litre. )