IGP Warns Against Divisive Comments, Tells Nigerians To Emulate Buhari

md_abubakar_igp2The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar on Sunday issued a stern warning to citizens and influential persons, against making comments which may cause volatile reactions and jeopardise the peace of the State.

In a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the citizens who make “the use of unguarded, inflammatory, and unsubstantiated statements, some of which are capable of causing the breach of public peace” were warned against such acts and advised to desist from them else face the consequences.

According to Mba, “the Force is not ignorant of the fundamental Rights of the citizens such as the Rights to freedom of speech” but “it will not condone any such provocative, divisive and inciting comments that are clearly uncorroborated by any fact or evidential proof.”

“Such statements are capable of desecrating our national symbol and identity and promoting a regime of lawlessness,” he said, warning that any of such utterances will be met with appropriate legal sanctions.

“The IGP therefore, urges all Nigerians to emulate the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari and others who recently have boldly taken a firm stance against terrorism.”

The IGP maintained that the there was a need for such courage and uncommon patriotism from all opinion leaders, in light of the nation’s fight against insecurity, adding that “the unrelenting war against terrorism and other related crimes must be won with the cooperation of all Nigerians.”

This is coming after the Lagos State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party called on the State Security Service (SSS), to arrest the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, for allegedly making comments capable of worsening the country’s security challenges.

 

Terror War: Police Deploy Sniffer-Dogs To Nigerian Airports

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered the immediate deployment of sniffer dogs to the Airports in Nigeria.

This, according to a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, is in line with international best practice.

The statement also stated that the directive was made in line with the IGP’s sworn resolve to drastically reduce crime, provide and maintain safety and security of persons, protect vulnerable and critical government infrastructures, reduce possibility of arms smuggling through the airports and generally bolster the war against terror.

At the official flag off ceremony which took place on Thursday, February 20 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the IGP, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations, DIG Zuokumor Michael, stated that the sniffer-dogs would, among other things, be used for detecting explosives, rescue operations, perimeter patrols, patrols of parking lots and the apprehension of offenders resisting or attempting to evade arrest.

He charged the dog handlers to respect the fundamental rights of the citizens and also work in collaboration with other security agencies towards providing effective security at the airports.

The IGP also called for the cooperation of the general public, assuring them that his administration would do all that was necessary to provide them with optimum security.

Meanwhile, the first phase of the deployment of the sniffer-dogs has commenced with the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport I and II, Lagos and Port-Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

Others are Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Jos Airport, as well as Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

This development is in line with the IGP’s New Year message to Nigerians, in which he promised more proactive and extensive security measures to avert any threats or potentially dangerous situations from arising or entering into the country.

Orji demands adequate funding for security

The governor of Abia state, Theodore Orji has said that security is paramount and without adequate funds to the police and security agencies, sustainability of peace will not be achieved.

Orji said this during a courtesy call of the Acting Inspector General (IGP) of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to the government house, Umuahia.

According to the governor, security is capital intensive and he appealed to the federal government to invest more money in  security to enable the police and other security agencies to effectively tackle security challenges facing the country.

In his speech, the Ag IGP Mohammed Abubakar said the vision of the new police management is to build a friendly police that has the capacity to discharge its constitutional responsibilities creditably pointing out that he wants to turn the police force to one that Nigerians will be proud of.

He promised to improve on the security management in the country to ensure that that the killings of Nigerians do not continue explaining that visibility policing rather than road blocks is the new order in the police.

Governor Orji, also stated that, the federal government as well as the state governments need  to invest heavily into the security sector of the nation in order to achieve a lasting solution to the seeming unending terrorist attacks in the country,as well as maintain  peace and have sustainable development,.

Orji said no amount of money invested in securing the lives and property of citizens would be too much, using the situation in Abia where the state government invested heavily in order to achieve peace and stated that government has donated the highest number of vehicles to the police to do their job and is also preparing to donate more incentives to the police to ensure that the security situation in the state is sustained.

He thanked the police boss for the innovation he is bringing to the police and expressed the hope that it will improve the battered image of the police.

The governor also expressed gratitude to the police for the effort they put into combatting kidnapping in Abia state and encouraged the Ag inspector General of Police not to be deterred by the present security challenges in the country.

Earlier in his speech, the Mr Mohammed who is in the state on a familiarization tour of the command in the state, said his visit is to re-evaluate the security situation as well as to see the preparedness of his men in the state, the challenges, problems and how to confront them.

The Acting IGP  said the president had already promised to procure more gadgets to assist the police in crime fighting and that the police in particular and other security agencies in general need more sophisticated equipment to be able tackle the present challenge of terrorism in the country.

He believes that intelligence gathering will assist the force to definitely surmount the activities of the terrorist group in the country.

On the removal of road blocks, the acting IGP further maintained that it became necessary as  it did not in any way helped the image of the country, explaining that visibility policing rather than road blocks is the new order in the police.

He stated that serious attention is being paid to eradicate bribery and corruption as well as to redirect policemen to serious crime fighting and promised to improve on the security management in the country to ensure that the killings of Nigerians is nipped in the bud.