The Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade, says the Boko Haram sect has so far carried out 118 attacks in six northern states and the FCT, killing 308 people.
Mr. Olubolade said this on Tuesday in Abuja while enumerating the achievements and challenges of the ministry in the last one year at the on-going Ministerial press briefing.
The minister said that the attacks were carried out in Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Niger, Yobe and Plateau states.
He also said that 33 suspects connected to the group have been arrested.
Mr. Olubolade appreciated the concerns of Nigerians on issues of personal safety and security, saying the government has taken concrete measures to ensure peace and stability in the country.
According to him, criminal gangs have taken advantage of technology to perpetuate evil acts. The police minister assures Nigerians that the police are being trained and equipped to combat the new security challenges.
“It is important to note that achievements of the police in stemming crimes and terrorism is not so publicised, but I can assure that the police are making progress.
“The police reform programme was put in place by the federal government to improve capacity building, training, welfare and community policing,” he said.
Mr. Olubolade attributed the lapses in the performance of the police to faulty policies, assuring that such policies are being reviewed to ensure optimal performance.
Earlier, Information Minister, Labaran Maku, said that the police is responding more effectively in curbing criminal activities, which he noted had become the past time of some people in the society.
Mr. Maku called for a change of attitude among Nigerians toward the police, so as to appreciate the good work it was doing and to support it in the fight against criminals in the society.