FG attributes upsurge in spouse killing to drug abuse
…As Ganduje tasks security agencies on coordination, trust
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
The Federal Government has attributed the recent upsurge in incessant killing of spouses and other acts of murder in the country to drug abuse.
However, the government urged parents, guardians as well as care givers to monitor their wards closely to ensure they do not engage in drug abuse.
Speaking during the Federal and States Security Administators’ Meeting, held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Amina M.B Shamaki, said there is the need for stakeholders to come up with innovative ways of tackling the menance.
Shamaki said: “All crimes being perpetrated in the country are linked to drug use and abuse. Armed robbery, millitancy, cultism and banditary as well as other heinous crimes are all associated with drugs.
“Even the recent upsurge in incessant killings of spouses and other acts of murder in the country could be attributed to the use and abuse of drugs. Parents and guardians as well as care-givers should monitor their wards closely to ensure they do not engage in drug use and abuse.”
Shamaki added that the repid population growth in the country has far reaching implications on Nigeria’s socio-economic growth and national security, if left unchecked, adding that strategies should be evolved to mitigate the rising population growth.
She noted: “Nigeria is already grappling with myriad of socio-economic problems due to a large number of out of school children, insurgency and carelessness of many parents and guardians.”
In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State tasked security agencies on coordination and trust, encouraging them to be proactive.
According to the governor, the only way to address the current security challenges in the country is for the security agencies to synergized.
Ganduje said: “In Kano State we have created an enabling environment for all security agencies to coordinate.
“Our community policing is improving by the day and this can directly be attributed to the synergy the security agencies have in the state.
“We have just laid foundation for the construction of a multi-million naira Army training centre in Falgore Forest, Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State. This is to help the army fight criminality in the state.”
He added that his administration has constructed a high-tech control room fitted with modern security equipments at Police Headquaters, Kano, adding that all securities agencies will have a desk at the centre from which they will be monitoring the state.
He stated: “We have made sure that our traditional institution is involved in our community policing. They have a vital role to play since they are closer to the people.”
The meeting which held at Kano had in attendance the heads of security agencies, Director-Generals special services of the 36 states of the federation, among other stakeholders.