By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to muster all required resources and bring insecurity across the country to the barest minimum.
The President’s instruction to the IGP followed his confirmation by the Police Council as a substantive Inspector-General of Police.
He was appointed as acting IGP by President Buhari on April 5, 2021.
Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, who disclosed details of the President’s marching order to the IGP to State House Correspondents, after the Police Council’s meeting, said the President also charged Baba to live up to the expectations of Nigerians.
The Police Council is made up of the President, Vice President, Governors, Ministers of Police Affairs, Interior and the Federal Capital Territory.
Dingyadi said: “Mr President used the opportunity to congratulate him on his appointment and called on him to ensure that he is worthy of the confidence reposed in him.
“He tasked him to rise to the challenge and ensure that the insecurity that the country is facing is brought to the barest minimum.
“The IG assured Mr President and Nigerians that he is going to work assiduously to ensure that the responsibilities assigned to him are brought to bear and executed to the best of his abilities and to the satisfaction of all Nigerians.”
Also speaking at the briefing, IGP Baba said he briefed the Council on the various and peculiar security crisis facing the geopolitical zones.
“There are peculiarities, like I said before, in the Southeast and South-South is the issue of secessionist agenda, championed by IPOB, I also talked about terrorism and religious bigotry in the North East.
“I also talked about the issue of kidnapping, armed robbery, Banditry and cultism as it affects the North Central and North West and South West. I gave a synopsis in terms of what we are doing to address this situation.
“I also thanked Mr President for providing additional logistics in terms of carrying out our duties and responsibilities.
“In collaboration with other security agencies, we try to checkmate other forms of lawlessness, criminality and unlawful agitation in order to ensure lives and property are saved and at the same time allow Nigerian citizens go about their lawful business.
“What is seriously worrisome in the Southeast, but it is gradually being checked and results are positive as regards the attacks and killings of security agents and assets belonging to the federal government.
“Our ability to checkmate this lawlessness has improved and we are getting closer to something positive.”