Former Nigerian police chief blames politicians for gunmen activities


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LAGOS, Aug. 14 (Xinhua/GNA) – A former
police chief in Nigeria has said politicians are responsible for activities of
gunmen disturbing the West African country.

Retired police commissioner Abubakar Tsav
said in a statement that banditry and most insecurities occurring in the
country were created by politicians.

He said most politicians knew exactly who
the bandits were and why they were carrying out such activities.

“I want to appeal to our political
class to have a change of heart and cooperate with security agencies to reduce
criminality in the land,” Tsav said.

He said rising corruption and porous borders
had also contributed to the ongoing security challenge as most arms were
smuggled into the country through the borders.

Tsav also advised the government to embark
on massive employment of security personnel as this would mop up most of the
unemployed youths from the streets and reduce criminality in the country.

According to him, security agencies,
especially the police, lack manpower to handle the incessant security breaches
in the country as most of those in the service are currently attached to

The most populous African country has
witnessed a series of robberies, kidnaps and gunmen attacks in recent months.

The government has launched several special
operations to curb the development.