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THE VIGILANTE AND NIGERIA’S INTERNAL SECURITY …. By Tunde Adeniran

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Note: This policy paper was delivered 19 years ago but the contents are still as relevant today like they were when it was delivered by a professor of Political Science & expert in security matters, Prof. Tunde Adeniran at the Ojetunji Aboyade Policy Development Centre, Ibadan. We first published the piece over two years ago as part of our efforts at promoting the public and common good. Nobody has requested we republish. Our instincts tell us this is an auspicious period to release this paper for public consumption again as we grapple with national and global security concerns. We believe very strongly that the newly formed regional security outfits would have lessons of professionalism to learn from this expose. All of us looking for the peace of Nigeria, particularly policy makers at the three tiers of government would find this compilation stimulating. Organized conventional security organizations may also wish to go through. In all, it would certainly be profitable to all citizens of Nigeria to digest this publication because we are all involved in the security of our societies. Arguably, not all ideas in this piece are stale. This piece is presented in the spirit of: ‘’Who is loking for the peace of Jerusalem? In line with our mandate of promoting discouse for national development, TERRIFIC HEADLINES encourages and welcomes reactions like this one being published. Please forward publishable articles to info@terrificheadlines.com and terrificheadlines@gmail.com. Happy reading and feel free to share. INTRODUCTION: With the exception of Basorun Rock, where a passionate concern for Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State of Nigeria, led to some discussions on the perverse ecology of the city, with each problem feeding another, the general decay and pollution, the massive sanitation problem, etc, including the dynamics of sub-ethnic politics, the gatherings I have attended in the recent past have focused largely on the staggering problem of Nigeria’s internal security. The general interesting the issue, coupled with the agitations for a dual policing system and the fad of “Vigilante Associations”, struck me as indicative of the seriousness ‘of the problem and the common anxiety to secure a solution. In every instance, people were generally worried and wondered whether they stood any chance of surviving the next day as stories were shared regarding the exploits of dare-devil armed robbers, the fears, chaos, social disorder and the dislocation of people brought about by the operations of bandits. From the…

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