AGAINST the backdrop of killings in Benue, kidnappings, murder and other communal conflicts in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, with a charge on him to tighten security across the country.
Recall that armed herdsmen had on January 2, unleashed violence and mayhem on some rural communities in Benue where about 20 persons were killed. There were also reports of killings of innocent persons in Omoku, Rivers, and the traditional ruler of Numana, Kaduna State, the Etum Numana, Dr Gambo Makama, and his wife.
Idris, who spoke with State House correspondents after the closed-door meeting, said he updated the President on efforts made by the police towards ensuring law and order in various communities in the country.
Pointing out that he is duty bound to regularly brief the President on security developments in the country, he asserted that “currently Nigeria is well secured’’.
The police boss however, stated that Nigerians must learn how to co-habit peacefully to make the work of the police much easier.
Speaking on the recent killings in Benue, the IGP revealed that the police would make additional deployments to the troubled areas to forestall further attacks and restore confidence of the people.
“You know I deployed my (Deputy Inspector-General) DIG there yesterday and you know we have different stages of police, you have the AIG in Benue, Commissioner of Police in Benue and all of them are putting their heads together to see how we can address this issue of communal problems in Benue,’’ he said.
He dismissed the assertion that the Nigeria Police was overwhelmed by the current security challenges in the country, stressing that new measures had been put in place to safeguard lives and property of law abiding citizens.