The Federal Government has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to mobilise his operatives to Taraba, Kaduna and Zamfara states where there had been cases of violent killings by hoodlums and cattle rustlers.
The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), condemned the senseless killings and directed the police to check the criminality going on in the three states.
The minister, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, also mandated the Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, to ensure strict protection of the nation’s critical assets and infrastructure.
He said, “This action of some senseless enemies of peace is most regrettable at a time President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is putting measures in place to revamp the nation’s economy and deliver on his electioneering promises of building a vibrant and united country where every individual will realise his or her potential, irrespective of tribe, religion nor political affiliations.
“Consequently, the Inspector-General of Police has been directed to mobilise more security personnel to the affected areas to ensure peace within the Yuletide and beyond and to deal decisively with any criminally-minded element fermenting trouble under any guise of parochial sentiments of religion, ethnicity or political affiliation.”
While condoling with the government and people of the three states over what he described as irresponsible, senseless and barbaric acts of some criminally-minded persons, Dambazau assured Nigerians that the FG would not rest in its efforts of addressing all forms of criminality.
Meanwhile, following Tuesday attack on his convoy which led to the damage of many official vehicles, the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, said on Wednesday night that four military formations would be sited in the state.
El-Rufai said the proposed military formations would be sited in Fadan Karshi, in Sanga and Kauru local government areas, all in the troubled southern part of the state.
The other two formations, he added, would be established in Birnin Gwari and Kubau local government areas in the northern part of Kaduna.
The governor also said two mobile police squadrons as well as more military personnel were being deployed in Southern Kaduna to curtail the continued killings in the area before the formation of the military base.