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Attacks on police facilities misplaced, accumulated anger – Simon Okeke, ex-Police Chief



Attacks on police facilities misplaced, accumulated anger - Simon Okeke, ex-Police Chief

*Insists on state police

Former Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Chief Simon Okeke has decried increasing insecurity in the country, particularly in the Southeast, describing it as worrisome.

He linked the attacks to accumulated aggression on the part of the citizenry, but noted that such anger was misplaced.

Speaking with newsmen in his Amichi country home in Nnewi South local government area of the state, Okeke said although there were bad eggs among the Police, that was not justifiable reasons for the series of attacks on them.

He said, “The prevailing situation is very worrisome. Southeast has been among the safest in the states across the country, especially Anambra. I’ve been commending Obiano for his efforts and he’s won some awards. But quite some time now, that peace and serenity have been disturbed and uprooted. If any peace, it’s that of graveyard.

“But nothing happens without a cause. The EndSARS broke down the peace we have. All sets of people, known and unknown hijacked the demonstration to loot, particularly those of government. Nearly all the Police facilities were burnt, arms lost on daily basis. Even the vehicles hid in the house of one of the Vigilante leaders were burnt.

“It’s uncertain what people are now reacting to. It’s a bottled anger, sometimes, misplaced. Nobody is good, and even if the Police are bad, is that why they will be killed and their buildings and stations burnt?

“It’s enough to protest their actions rather than visiting their actions on them, their buildings and vehicles. Over here, 90percent of the police stations were built by private individuals, community efforts and handed over to the Police.

“You’re just destroying your own property which you don’t expect the Police to rebuild. They don’t have the money. It’s the same community that will rebuild them, which is currently happening. If they realize they hadn’t achieved anything by destroying the stations, what is going on wouldn’t have escalated.

“I agree that citizens-police relationship today is not the same as it was in my own time. Even the police you’re accusing have their own complaints against the government and society, reason for several checkpoint where they collect money which should not be the case.

“That’s why people like me have been advocating for state police since 2003, without which things will continue to deteriorate, because Police needs have exceeded the budget approved by the federal government. Police prestige is no longer there as they are no longer being taken care of. “It’s a vicious circle. People are angry because the police are not doing what they’re supposed to be doing and the police are angry because government is not doing what it supposed to be doing. It’s a wind that blows no one any good.”

Profile: From Ozuitem, Bende Local government Area of Anambra State. Political science (B. Sc) from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka & Business Administration (Diploma) from the University of Calabar. Email him at

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