Nigeria police chief meets senior officers on security in states

Nigeria Police Officers
FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers

The Inspector General said the police has the responsibility as an agency of government to ensure that preparation for 2015 starts in 2014.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on Wednesday in Abuja met with senior officers to review the current security and political situations across the country.

Mr. Abubakar told journalists before the meeting went into closed door that the security and political situations in each of the 36 states would be reviewed.

This, he said, had become necessary to enable the force adopt strategies to tackle security challenges and check political crises.

“We are going to pay attention to political situation in Nigeria, and look at the zones and each state of the country.

“We will review the political situations in each state, adjudge and see what the Commissioner of Police has been able to do, and whether he has been able to take care of such situation.

“Where he has challenges, we will look at that challenges and find out the impediments that have stopped him from doing what he is supposed to do to avoid political crisis,’’ he said.

The I-G said there was a need for adequate preparation for the 2015 general elections.

“If elections will take place in 2015, whether we are on board or not, we have the responsibility as an agency of government to ensure that preparation for 2015 starts in 2014,’’ he said.

Mr. Abubakar said that the senior officer will also review communal and religious crises in some states in the country to strategise on how to address them. He said there are noticeable clashes in places like Kaduna, Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba and Plateau states.

He, however, commended officers and men of the force for their efforts, saying, “I acknowledge publicly that every one has contributed to making Nigeria safe.’’

The I-G said that the police and other security agencies would work together to make the country safe and create environment conducive to economic development.

He, however, noted that in spite of the challenges of terrorism and terrorist acts in the North East, 2013 was better in terms of crime management and control.

“There is no doubt that 2013 was critical time for all security agencies, particularly for the Nigeria Police,’’ he said.

The police lost 49 personnel in one fell swoop on May 9 at Alakyo Village in Nasarawa State while they were on a mission to tackle members of Ombatse cult.

The State Security Service lost 10 operatives in the incident.



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