ABUJA— PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered security operatives to deal decisively with insecurity across the country. President Muhammadu Buhari and General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff, at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: State House. He particularly gave security operatives marching orders to deal ruthlessly with the bandits terrorizing Zamfara State and its environs,
ABUJA— PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered security operatives to deal decisively with insecurity across the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari and General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff, at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: State House.
He particularly gave security operatives marching orders to deal ruthlessly with the bandits terrorizing Zamfara State and its environs, as well as kidnappers and other security challenges confronting the country.
This is coming on a day 15 persons were killed, houses, cars and motorbikes burnt in Vaase, Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State by suspected armed Jukun youths and militant herdsmen.
Meanwhile, the acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr Mohammed Adamu, yesterday, shed more light on why banditry thrives in Zamfara State and other areas of the North-West resulting in several killings, saying many traditional rulers were involved in gold mining activities.
Also, the House of Representatives has asked President Buhari to address the insecurity in the country within 48 hours, noting that failure of the President to check insecurity in the country smacks of incompetence.
According to the Reps, areas of attention include inability of the President and that of his administration since inception to declare killer herdsmen as terrorists; inability of the armed forces under his watch to stop the recurring deaths of scores of innocent Nigerians annually from attacks by killer herdsmen and bandits and the gradual occupation of affected communities by these herdsmen despite countless assurances and statements by him promising to stop the attacks; his selective and ineffective responses to the killing of Nigerians by herdsmen, especially in Benue State and his immediate measure to dislodge the killers.
Also, Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, the umbrella body of traditional rulers, leaders and stakeholders of the coastal states of Niger Delta, yesterday, urged President Buhari to overhaul the entire security architecture of the country, maintaining that the nation can no longer afford to toy with human lives.
On its part, the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere said previous meetings convened by the President with security chiefs have not yielded any fruit, noting that all that is needed is a secured country.
Similarly, Ohanaeze Ndigbo , apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, while reacting to the Presidential order to service chiefs, said the order was okay but the root of the problem needs to be tackled.
It therefore, charged President Buhari to address the root cause of the killings and insecurity in the land.
Meanwhile, a team from the human rights community, under the banner of People’s Alternative Front, led by Mr. Femi Falana SAN, met with the acting IGP, Adamu and other top police officers at the Police Force Headquarters Abuja, yesterday, where they informed the IGP of their plan to embark on series of public protests if the Federal Government fails to take over the monopoly of violence from criminal gangs.