By EMMANUEL UDOM
Worried by the level of insecurity in Nigeria, a member of the Nigeria entertainment industry have urged the federal government to check the illegal arms coming into the country through the waterways.
Briefing the press on Sunday in Lagos, a musician, the Zule-zoo said that the Nigeria waterways was so large and porous to be police alone by the Nigerian Navy (NN), calling therefore on the government to empower the Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps (NMNC) to complement the NN.
Zule-Zoo noted that more security agencies on Nigeria‚Äôs waterways would check threat of sea robbers, piracy, crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, human trafficking and illegal arms shipment.
“Apart from security on waters, NMNC is one way to create jobs. NN has been doing well but the recent insecurity in the country showed that more hands are needed to police the waters.
“The Nigeria Police Force has the constitutional mandate to protect lives and property in Nigeria, but because the security challenges had gone beyond the police, other agencies like Civil Defence Army and Road Safety Corps were established to complement the police.
“We in the entertainment industry are joining the Champions Youths Development Association of Nigeria (CHYDAN) to say no to violence in any parts of Nigeria.
“We call on all security agencies to synergize to provide adequate security. We also use this medium to commend all the security agencies fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in the North.
“All the youths in Nigeria, particularly in the North should support the security agencies to clear the nation of bad elements,‚Äô‚Äô he added.