President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday had a close-door meeting with heads of security agencies in the country and urged them to sustain the tempo to eliminate insurgents and bandits.
Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar Adamu said the president also directed the security agencies to ensure that armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities are addressed.
He said the meeting reviewed the security situation all over the country and realized its stable; banditry and kidnapping have been reduced.
“The meeting reviewed the security situation all over the country and we realise that its stable, banditry has been reduced to the nearest minimum, kidnapping has been reduced significantly.
“The epicenter of this kidnapping as you know in the north western part of the country – Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, they are all very calm now. The insurgency in the North-east on daily basis they are being degraded and many of the insurgents are surrounding to the authorities, they are giving up their arms and for that reason we have been encouraged to sustain the tempo.”
Speaking on the just concluded elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, the IGP said the intelligence gathered by security agencies necessitated the deployment of large number of policemen.
He said the attack on polling centres and snatching of electoral materials were done by fake police.
“Because, we were aware of that fact, we devised some other means of identifying those that were on election duty. We gave them tags. So no police officers snatched ballot boxes because we trained them before the elections to play by the rule; be professional, work within where you are posted and not beyond.
“There was police helicopter that was hovering, it was on patrol and in the cause of patrol you will see some incidence of maybe people fighting, people trying to snatch ballot boxes. Now, you need to intervene and in the cause of intervention of course you can never use fire arms because during elections we don’t carry firearms.
“So that helicopter you saw was to patrol and scare those that will want to snatch ballot boxes. Of course if you see helicopter hovering over your head you want to snatch ballot box or you have carried, definitely you will know you are being monitored and you will stop. So prevention was our focus with the helicopter,” he said.