The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), has called on the governors of the South-south region to establish a regional security outfit to complement the efforts of regular security services, in battling insecurity in the region.
The group also suggested “Niger Delta Defense and Security Network” as a possible name for the security outfit.
In a statement by the National President of MOSIEND, Kennedy Tonjo West, made available to our correspondent via e-mail, the group said the personnel of the yet-to-be-established security outfit, need to be trained and equipped with firearms to stem insecurity in the area.
The statement reads in part:
“As MOSIEND, we believe the South south governors are trying in their individual states, but need to come together to consolidate on their achievement by deploying some of the funds into establishing a regional security network.
“Take for instance, in Rivers State Governor Wike established the Land and Water surveillance, which engaged thousands of locals as security surveillance across the 23 local government areas of the state, assisting the regular security agencies with first hand and prompt information dissemination; adding to the gunboats, vehicles and other logistics support he renders, not to mention the neighborhood watch initiative that was opposed by the military.
In Bayelsa, the government also has the Bayelsa Volunteers working hand in glove with the Vigilante (also a local security outfit). The same is seen in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Edo, and Cross River”.
According to Tonjo West, “the essence of the security outfit is to provide complementary security services to improve national security from bottom to top approach. The Governors from the South-South are making judicious use of it, what is required now is that they close ranks and develop a regional security architecture.
Continuing, he said “government allocating humongous amount of money to themselves in the name of security vote had been a subject of contentious debate since the advent of this Democratic dispensation. Originally, security vote was an administrative sharp practice initiated under the military junta, to among other things, serve as a positive inducement for the sole administrators at the states, maintain peace and support the military junta of Gen Ibrahim Babangida back then”.
Tonjo West, who noted that if properly utilised, security votes can strengthen state and national security, said a lot can be achieved if the spending of security votes can be subjected to transparent and accountable processes.