Don’t brand any tribe kidnappers, group tells Nigerians

January 29, 2021

2.4 min readCategories: News

THE Centre for Leadership and Justice has called on Nigerians to avoid the temptation of branding a particular ethnic group as kidnappers, rapists and killers.

The President of the group, Emmanuel Umohinyang, who made this call, while speaking with The PUNCH on Wednesday, explained that while victims of such violent crimes must report to the police, accusing a particular ethnic group without investigation was unacceptable.

The legal practitioner spoke on the heels of the kidnappings and killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the country, even as he maintained that people with genuine cases should report to the police.

He stated that the police would take issues bordering on insecurity seriously and added that Nigerians should not lose faith in Nigeria Police Force.

Umohinyang said, “Nobody should label a particular ethnic group as criminal; that is like painting everybody with the same brush. Let us fish out those who are criminals, those undesirable elements. There are deviants in every society, let us fish those ones out and deal with them.

“But trying to create an impression that a particular ethnic group is responsible for the entire insecurity challenges would be erroneous. Nigerians should always report and do a follow-up to ensure that those culprits are arrested and prosecuted.

“When we try to locate crime within a particular ethnic group or religion, we are setting our country on fire; we should identify criminals even if they are Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Ibibio or Efik. It is necessary to do so according to the law of the land.

“We have also listened to those who come out of kidnappers’ den and say the people they met spoke like a certain tribe; that is not enough. The information is okay, but how do you verify and to what extent?”

He maintained that regional security networks like Amotekun and others in the North and South-East should not bear arms in order to avoid havoc in society.

According to him, “We have also complained about the Amotekun in the South-West and you have also seen how Amotekun has descended to the arena. They ought to have been a solution but they have become a problem now.

“The same thing is applicable to the South-East. Thank God we opposed the idea by some governors that some of these states security outfit be armed; one can only imagine what would have happened now, even when they are not legally armed, the havoc they have caused with other weapons is there for everyone to see.”

Umohinyang added that the governance of a country cannot be said to have failed for people to begin to take up issues within themselves as if we are operating in a banana republic, we have to be very careful. Nigeria is the only place we have and we’ll stay here and try to deal with the issues.”


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