FG Approves Fresh Security Measures For South-East, South-South.
Onyxnews reports that the Federal government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new security measures to tackle the insecurity in the South-East and South-South region of the country.
Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali made this disclosure at the end of the security meeting with President Buhari’s meeting with the security chiefs on Tuesday May 11.
Alkali also made it known that operational tactics will no longer be disclosed.
According to him, “We have some measures which we have outlined and have been approved by the council and we will see how we can change the narrative within the quickest possible means to restore law and order and restore peace in that area.
“We solicit all law-abiding citizens to work with us to identify and deal with the situation. That is that; I may not go into the details of how we will do that.”
National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno who also addressed journalists at the end of the meeting, said he briefed the council on the enablers of crime and the need to find fast responses with a view to mitigating the growing threats to society.
Monguno’s words; “On my part, I briefed the council on the enablers of crime and the need to find quick responses with a view to mitigating the growing threats to society.
“These enablers are discussed in detail and Mr President has already given direction on how to deal with them, specifically issues of drug abuse as propellants for crime, how to make the criminal justice system much more effective, as well as looking at issues of unemployment, which of course, the federal executive council had given approval, through previous memos on how to get 100 million people out of poverty.
“Already, the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) has been given certain instructions on how to deal with this, but by and by, the council has agreed that the level of insecurity in the country, especially in the last one month, is something that has to be addressed with the immediacy that it requires.
“And at the operational level, of course, the chief of defence staff has been working with the service chiefs and the recommendations they’ve made to the Council are already being handled.”
Meanwhile, Onyxnews understands that the Nigeria Police Force has ordered immediate withdrawal of personnel attached to governors, senators, other public office holders and VIPs in the South East over nonstop attacks on police officers and formations in the region.
The directive was contained in a police wireless message shared by The Whistler.
The directive, according to the signal, followed attacks on policemen by alleged members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its the Eastern Security Network (ESN) paramilitary wing.
The signal dated “101054/05/2021” and with reference number 0900/DTS/DOPS/VOL47/812 was issued by the Commissioner of Police (DOPS), Asaba, Delta State.
It said, “Sequel to the incessant attacks on policemen/ snatching of arms and ammunition by the proscribed IPOB/ESN elements in the eastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States and Rivers State, COMPOL DOPS directs you warn personnel that escorts of their principals to the six (6) eastern states is suspended forthwith until security situation improves. Ensure strict compliance please.”
According to the publication, the acting spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Edafe Bright, confirmed validity of the wireless message, but noted that it was not meant for the press.
“Firstly, the message that was sent out is not for press, so I don’t know how it got to you. Secondly, it is for policemen attached to VIPS not to escort their men to any part of the eastern state. That is the directive,” said Bright.