IGP Expresses Satisfaction With Christmas Day Security Across Nigeria

ChristmasThe Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has expressed satisfaction with the security situation across the country as Christian faithful in Nigeria joined their counterpart’s world over to celebrate Christmas.

Speaking to journalist in Abuja, the IGP expressed gratitude to God for hitch free Christmas services and the continued peaceful situation across the country.

According to the Inspector–General, the principal officers of the Nigerian Police have been involved in the patrol as a way of assuring Nigerians of the security of lives and properties during the festive period.

He added that the security agencies would not rest on their oars to ensure a hitch free holiday.

The presence of security operatives were felt in most places in the Federal Capital Territory beginning with worship places as Nigerians mark the Christmas day celebration.

After the services, the residents trooped out to fun places to enjoy themselves, with officers and men of the Nigerian Police, alongside men of the Department of State Services (DSS) seen ensuring the maintenance of law and order.

The Inspector-General of Police, who joined in the patrol, also interacted with fun seekers at the Jabi Lake Park.

While assuring Nigerians of their safety during the festive period and beyond, he urged them to contribute their quota in the fight against the enemies of the state.


Security Agents Are Doing Well But Yet To Reach ‘Eldorado’ – Analyst

Security Consultant and Public Affairs Analyst, Femi Adegbulu on Wednesday said although there have been improvements in the security measures against terrorism, as there were no records of “any major upsurge of insurgents” towards the end of 2013, the nation is yet to reach its ‘Eldorado’.  

He also mentioned that every attack by the insurgents gives the government the upper hand as it gathers more intelligence on the methods of the terrorists. “With each of the attacks, Federal Government gets wiser,” he said.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Adegbulu commended the efforts of the security agents in combating the Boko Haram menace adding that the peaceful Christmas and New Year celebration shows that “the security apparatus of the government is actually working and that they have improved on their intelligence gathering.”

While analysing the security situation in the country, he stressed that the terrorists have strong financial backing from persons or groups internationally which “is making the job of security very difficult indeed, because we have to match this force with force,” he said.

He added that “we really need to match them force with force with money, men, strategy and everything” and assured that the government will always have the upper hand against terrorists as long as it has the necessary political will to do so.

On the controversy surrounding the Apo killings, he said the confession of a Boko Haram suspect confirmed that the SSS was well aware of its mission in storming the hide-out. Adegbulu advocated that credit be given to the security forces as a way of encouraging them.

On the government’s claim that terrorists from neighbouring countries attack and flee, Adegbulu said it shows the porosity of Nigerian borders. He called on members of the relevant agencies in charge of the borders to carry out target hardening or tightening, which means to make it impossible or difficult for malevolent individuals to gain entrance into the country.

The government will also need to deploy resources to that effect and collaborate with the countries as issue can lead to “diplomatic faux pas”. On relationship and exchange of intelligence between the country and neighbouring nations, he said it is a move still in the process.