Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, has blamed the federal government and politicians for the spate of killings, kidnappings, and banditry across the country.
Falana noted that it has become a norm for insecurity to increase after elections as thugs abandoned by politicians tend to take to criminal activities to cater for themselves.
He also accused the national assembly of trivialising the issues of insecurity, noting that while the constitution allows for just one police force, the national assembly and the presidency can constitute an agency and empower it to bear arms.
The lawyer, who revealed this when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television, said that the government has proven that it cannot guarantee the security of lives and property of its citizens.
He said: “The increase in the wave of killings and kidnappings and banditry in recent times has to do with the just concluded elections. The thugs that were armed by politicians were not disarmed.
“They were very busy during the elections attacking people and killing political opponents now they are back in business. Nothing was done to disarm them after the elections. They have been dumped by politicians and they have to look for means of survival of livelihood and that is why we are witnessing this increase.
“What we are witnessing is a reign of impunity. It is a regular phenomenon. Once an election has just been concluded, you have phenomenal increase in violence all over the country.
“The Nigerian state has collapsed. The Nigerian state has proven over and over again incapable to guarantee the security of lives and property.
“With profound respect, the members of the National Assembly are toying with the security of our country.
“How can the Senate in this stage and time be passing resolution asking for state police? Or the House of Representatives requesting the President to come and address the members of the National Assembly on the security situation in the country.
“Why have they not moved the motion for the creation of state police? We have to be very innovative in the business of securing the country. We can’t just throw up our hands in helplessness.”