By Lawrence Olaoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, to ensure a crime free society and stop oil theft in the Niger Delta.
Briefing newsmen after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed door at the Presidential Villa yesterday, Adamu disclosed that negotiations with bandits in the north-west region have started yielding fruits as relative peace has returned to the area.
The police boss “We just finished security meeting and we have noticed within this quarter that the security situation in the country is stable. We make comparison of what has happened in the previous quarters and this quarter and we saw that there is tremendous decrease in kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and even acts of cultism. And you can see the situation in Northwest, banditry has reduced tremendously; kidnapping also has gone down and we have statistics to back it. And having noticed that, we have been charged by Mr. President to do more. He wants to see a mere zero crime society in the whole of the country. So we have been charged to do more than what we are doing now.”
He continued “Recently, there have series of peace initiatives especially the Tiv/Jukun crisis. The federal government came up with initiatives by bringing the leadership of the two states and their traditional rulers and we have been asked to support that initiative and see to it that dialogue succeeds and that there is peace between the Jukun and Tivs.
We have also been charged to increase security along the pipelines to make sure that crude oil theft is stopped completely because the loss that the country is facing in that area is not tolerated. So we have changed to increase our security activities in that direction to make sure that crude oil theft is stopped completely.”
Asked what he had done to attain the level of security, Adamu said “If you remember, we went to the Northwestern zone of this country. We sat down with the traditional rulers and all the governors and the leadership of Miyetti Allah and they identified some of the challenges that are fueling kidnapping and banditry.
Those challenges were looked into to the extent that the bandits and kidnappers have decided to release their captives and surrender their arms. That has contributed and also those that have refused to accept the peace initiative, we have been able to identify their camps especially Abuja Kaduna road and along Birnin-Gwari Niger axis and we went to the camps of these kidnappers and we dislodged some of the camps. In fact in the security briefing we gave specific numbers of the camps that we have destroyed and the casualties the bandits recorded as a result of that. So that has also made them to surrender and some of them relocated and we are following those that have relocated to know the new location and also engage them.”
On measures being taken to secure the Federal Capital Territory, the police boss said “Currently we have about 20 different points where we monitor on daily basis through CCTV Cameras within FCT and we are expanding it to cover the remaining areas. So one of the strategies to stop all these type of crime, whether it is car theft or burglary or anything that has to do with theft in the city, is the use of CCTV and constant patrol for prevention.”