What we are doing to ensure Abia violence doesn’t spread – Nigeria Police chief

Nigerian police force
Nigerian police force

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday briefed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the outbreak of violence in some parts of Abia.

After the briefing, Mr. Idris told State House Correspondents that the police was adopting a three-pronged approach to resolve the crisis.

“The strategy we are using is to ensure that we deploy policemen throughout the country.

“Secondly, we are in touch with the government.

“We are trying to mobilise the political leadership to be able to intervene where necessary in how to reduce the tension that is already taking place in the South-east.”

The crisis in Abia escalated on Tuesday after soldiers deployed to the stated confronted supporters of the separatist group, IPOB. Each party has accused the other of causing the violence.

The violence worsened on Thursday when a police station was burnt down allegedly by IPOB supporters in Aba, the commercial centre of Abia State. Hausas living in the state were also reportedly targeted by the suspected IPOB members who are demanding an independent Igbo country of Biafra.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the police and government officials in northern states like Kaduna and Plateau have since moved to ensure the violence in Abia does not lead to retaliatory attacks in their states.

On the allegation by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers that the police are behind criminal activities in the state, Mr. Idris said that Mr. Wike was expressing a personal opinion on the security situation in his state.

He, however, said police did not have to deny the governor’s allegation that crimes were perpetrated in the state by its operatives, SARS.

Mr. Idris explained that the display of a corpse purported to be that of the police in a crime scene did not indicate that the said policeman was involved in the crime.

“That a policeman was killed in Rivers in connection with the IPOB issue is different from saying that the policeman was involved in a crime.

“You cannot say that the one attacked and killed is the one involved in the crime,” he stated.

He described the governor’s comment as a sweeping allegation which “does not make sense to me”.

While reacting to the October 1 quit notice given to some Nigerians to leave some parts of the country, the police chief said there was no cause for alarm.

“I don’t think there is tension in the country; there is no tension here,” he said.

The Northern group which gave the October 1 ultimatum for Igbos to leave Northern Nigeria has since withdrawn the ultimatum.


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  • Jon

    How did Buhari what allegedly looted Petroleum Trust Fund become President?

    So, that uninformed Nigerians may know:
    Saddam Hussein, the former President of Iraq was tried, convicted and executed by hanging for murdering 122 Iraqi citizens in the Dujail Province of Iraq. Buhari has so far, massacred more than 122 Nigerian citizens and therefore, should face similar fate like Saddam Hussein.

    What’s your thought on that? A’int that justice?

    • Rev

      For a fact, by this token, Mr. Buhari can conclusively forget about a second term. At least the already dead and the way this has unfolded and has been handled will completely ensure that this cattle rearer will not be reelected for a second term.

      • 0tile

        Once he is defeated he ill plan mass murder.

        • 0tile

          …he will plan mass murder.

    • marcos avelino

      If you can take the heat why start the fire. When China gives up Tibet or India Kashmir or Israel Palestine then you can have your tiny baafara

      • 0tile

        You reason like a pig. What has one got to do with the other? Dullard.

    • thusspokez

      Topic Of Discourse: “What we are doing to ensure Abia violence doesn’t spread”

      Learn to be disciplined. Indiscipline is a big problem in Nigeria!

      • 0tile

        Tell the unruly soldiers to be disciplined, that is the crux of the matter. Are you still proud of the unprofessional behavior of the brutes you call soldiers? Therein lies the problem.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    As I have been reliably informed, this is The Security Press Release currently in Circulation in Jos
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    DIRECTORATE OF PRESS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
    OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, PLATEAU STATE

    PRESS RELEASE

    The Executive Governor of Plateau State has expressed great dismay and shock at the sudden build up of tension in Jos Metropolis on account of the conduct of some disgruntled elements, who have decided to throw the metropolis into confusion on account of their negative reaction to the agitations of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South East.

    Consequently, the Governor has directed an immediate imposition of curfew from dusk to dawn (6pm – 6am) within the Greater Jos – Bukuru Metropolis, until further notice. The deployment of security personnel to all flash points within the metropolis has also been directed to ensure compliance with the curfew order and to avert any further breach of law and order.

    The Governor wishes to assure all citizens that the security and welfare as the primary concern of Government is assured by the Rescue Administration. He is therefore enjoining all citizens to go about their business with the assurance that their safety is guaranteed. He further appealed to all religious and community leaders, neighbourhood vigilantes as well as all law abiding citizens to ensure nobody is allowed to take advantage of this unfortunate situation to engage in criminality.

    The Governor wishes to restate that Plateau State remains home to all citizens of Nigeria irrespective of religion, ethnic extraction or political persuasion. He therefore enjoins all peace loving citizens to ensure that nothing is allowed to upset the hard earned peace in the State.

    Samuel, Emmanuel Nanle
    Director, Press & Public Affairs
    16th September, 2017

    • BankyMons

      16th September 2017? It’s still the 15th mate, what are you guys smoking?

  • atakamosu

    We must try to avoid all out chaos by IPOB supported by foreign governments like Turkey. If Nigeria descends into civil war, the Western world will suffer refugee problem. Europe especially will be overwhelmed, Nigeria is not Syria, we have a large population of people under 30 and they will flood to the gates of Europe. To protect the many, the IPOB supporters may be sacrificed if war erupts. A destabilized Nigeria is not in the interest of the West, although certain countries outside the West believe there is profit in chaos. Buhari’ handlers must put a stop to IPOB NOW or allow the mother if Somalia to emerge from the break up of Nigeria into 1001 banana terror republics.

    • abodes_124

      You miss the point. it is the ‘stopping IPOB’ now that Buhari has orderd that is setting up the chain reaction that will set the country on fire. Even at this late stage if Buhari leaves matters in Osinbajo’s hands, peace will return to the country. If not we are headed Somalia way.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Your poorly educated, primitive and bloodthirsty tyrant of Aso-rock is directly responsible for the present chaos. The SE was very peaceful before he deployed tanks and ill-trained Muslim troops to kill Christian Igbos who are peacefully agitating for the independence of Biafra .