Following the increasing killings, kidnappings, and lots of other social vices on the embattled Abuja- Kaduna highway, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, broke silence.
According to reports, Buhari directed the nation’ s security chiefs to eliminate the threats of bandits and kidnappers on the highway where a former governorship aspirant and several others were killed and abducted.
Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior who announced this at the end of the National Security Council (NSC) meeting presided over by the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja said: ” Oh, yes. The police and other security agencies have been mobilised to intensify surveillance, patrol in pursuit of the criminals. And it’ s not only about Abuja, Kaduna.
” Yes, Abuja- Kaduna belt was discussed specifically, but we appreciated the fact that we are in the season of festivity.
” So, all agencies committed to providing security for Nigeria and the maintenance of law and order, have been ordered to improve on their activities, intensify surveillance and minimize, if not eliminate totally any threat to law and order anywhere in Nigeria. ”
The minister who was asked if the military or the police would take the lead, he said: ” Police, as I said, is the lead agency on internal security. So whatever I’ ve said about maintenance of Law and Order will start with the police and then extend to all the other security agencies, certainly. ”
When asked about the issue of bandits collecting ransom, the minister said, ” Specific orders have been given to all our security agencies. And we’ ll see an improved response to all those challenging the sovereignty of Nigeria in whatever form and creating insecurity in whatever form anywhere.
” The council today took firm decision on what to be done and I can assure Nigerians that with the charge from the President and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces today, there will be an improved response to all forms of criminality in any part of Nigeria. ”
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