A former Chairman of Transparency International Nigeria and ex-Chief of Army Operations, Training and Plans, Major General Ishola Williams (retd.), has explained that it’s not the job of the military to go after bandits.
He said fight against bandits was the duty of the Mobile Police, the paramilitary arm of the Nigeria Police Force designated to take over operations of major crisis where conventional police units cannot cope.
“It’s not the job of the military to run after criminals. The military was created to run after insurgents. It is wrong to be using the military in cases of banditry,” Williams told Sunday PUNCH, NEWSCASTARS.COM learnt.
The retired general said; “The military should focus on insurgency and leave MOPOL to do their job,” he said.
“A commander should head MOPOL. This is what is done in other countries. The MOPOL should be independent of the IG and report only to the Minister of Internal Security.
“The President can make this happen. All he needs to do is to state that he wants to separate the paramilitary police from the police service. He will draft a bill and pass it to the National Assembly and once the latter passes it, that’s all,” he said.
The military has been involved in attacks bandits, killing and kidnapping the citizens in particularly the northwestern part of the country.