Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new measures to tackle the growing insecurity in the southeast and south-south region of the country.
The security measures to be deployed to tackle insecurity, according to the country’s Inspector General of Police Usman Baba, will no longer be publicised, a decision that was taken on Tuesday when President Buhari met with security heads at the presidential villa.
Briefing journalists after the meeting Mr Baba said “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.”
The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno also briefed journalists and noted that there are enablers of crime and there’s a 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,” Mr Monguno said.
“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.”
By Abel Ejikeme