Shites Protest: Former IPAC Boss Advocates Proactive Policing

A former National Chairman Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) and the Director General National Task force to Combat Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition, Light Weapons, Chemical Weapons and Pipelines Vandalisms(NATFORCE) Chief Dr.Osita Emmanuel Okereke (OON) has call on security agencies in the country to always be proactive, in order to stem the tide of insecurity in Nigeria.

Chief Okereke made the observation yesterday during an interview with some reporters while reacting to the protest in National Assembly which led to the shooting of two police officers and scores of others who were injured.

Chief Okereke blamed the incidence on poor intelligence gathering and sharing among themselves which led to invasion of National Assembly by Shi’ites protesters.

He said; “lack of information and intelligence gathering among security led to what we saw that day, if there were enough proactive security in Nigeria what happened in National Assembly would not have happened”.

He further alleged that the case was a clear case of sabotage adding that if National Assembly premises could be invaded in such a way and manner, it means “no place is safe including the Aso Villa”.


On the way foward, the Natforce boss maintained that the only way out is for government at the centre to improve security in the country emphasizing that such negative incidence could affect business and economy negatively as nobody or nation would like to invest in an unsafe environment.

While canvassing for government recognition of NATFORCE, Okereke observed that insecurity problem in the country may not be over until all the illegal arms and ammunition are mop out.


He further assured of his establishment’s commitment to work for the country adding that from preliminary investigations, they will be able to generate N3trillion per annum for the federal government.


On his message to Shi’ites protesters, Okereke said, ” It is always better to write and obtain police permission within 24 hours before embarking on  such a protest no matter how peaceful we want it to be.

While commending the police and other security agencies for their professionalism in the way they handled the protesters, he added that it would have turned bloody if professionalism were not deployed.