The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu says the security situation in the country has greatly improved and areas hitherto troubled by security challenges are now stable.
He made the assertion on Tuesday, while briefing Journalists at the end of a meeting between President Buhari and Service Chiefs.
“The meeting reviewed the security situation all over the country and we realize that its stable, banditry has been reduced to the nearest minimum, kidnapping has been reduced significantly. The epicentre 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 authority, they are giving up their arms and for that reason we have been encouraged to sustain the tempo. All the successes recorded that comes from cooperation from members of the public, including the press because most of you have objectively assessed the actual security situation in the country, which your followers agreed to it. So, we have been encouraged to continue with the tempo so that insurgency can be greatly eliminated from the country,” he said.
The Police boss thanked the Nigerian public for cooperating with security agencies, leading to the successes being recorded in the fight against bandits and other criminals.
“Politicians and the hunters that have been working with us and other stakeholders, we have been encouraged to work more closely with such group of people so as to have the information that we require, so as to have the support that we require in other to defeat any form of criminality within the country,” Adamu said.
Commenting on the recently concluded Kogi and Bayelsa elections, Adamu said:
“Before the elections, we took a threat assessment of the two states and we realized that there was going to be violence in the two states. Because, during the campaigns we saw how the opponents were fighting themselves, so we prepared so much for that.
“During one of the stakeholders meeting, I went to Kogi with the Chairman of INEC and I also went to Bayelsa. Even at the point of signing the peace accord to conduct the election without any problems, after signing the peace accord in Kogi, within the hall there was problem by the parties. So, we knew that it was not going to be easy and so we had to prepare heavily for the elections.
“During the elections, anybody you saw either in police uniform or military uniform that does not carry the tag that has been given for the election, that person is not genuine police officer or military officer or that he was not on official duty. Because, we were aware of the fact or we were told that some politicians were going to sew police and military uniforms, so we device some other means of identifying those that were on elections duty. We gave them tags. So, no police officers in their senses could have done any wrong because we recruited and trained them before the elections to play by the rule, be professional, work within where you are posted and not beyond.
“There was a 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,” the Inspector General explained.