Buhari pledges to tackle insecurity, lawlessness
IGP deploys forces as PDP seeks probe of Oyo crisis
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, condemned the descent into near anarchy in parts of the country and vowed to protect all religious and ethnic groups, insisting that it was government’s responsibility to defend majority or minority groups in line with the constitution.
The President, who was reacting to reports of violence in some parts of the country, warned that government would not allow any ethnic or religious groups to cause violence against other groups.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, he condemned violence and assured that his government would act decisively to stop any further violence across the country.
He appealed to religious, traditional leaders, as well as governors and other stakeholders to collaborate with the Federal Government in ensuring that their domains were not divided along ethnic and other primordial lines.
BESIDES, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered immediate deployment of Police Intervention and Stabilisation Forces to Oyo State to restore public space, reinforce security and public confidence in areas affected by the recent crisis.
The deployments, comprising intelligence and operational assets of the Force, include four units of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau and one operational/surveillance police helicopter from the Police Air-Wing Department.
In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, the Intervention Force would reinforce and stabilise security in the state, prevent further breakdown of law and order, protect life and properties and ultimately enhance public safety and general security in the state. The Intervention Force, being coordinated by Deputy Inspector General of Police, (DIG) David Folawiyo, would mobilise relevant stakeholders towards achieving the squad’s mandate.
MEANWHILE, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, said it was disturbed by the ethnic violence and bloody clashes in Ibadan, Oyo State, which led to the loss of several lives.
It described the clash as disconcerting and called for calm, while urging the authorities to unravel the immediate and remote cause of the crisis.
The PDP lamented the escalation of ethnic crises in parts of the country, which it said were largely traced to indignation occasioned by the divisive policies and tendencies of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, it urged the APC and the Federal Government to work out a lasting solution to the rising tension in the country by ending its policies and preferences that promote divisiveness, lawlessness, injustice and infractions against federal sensibilities.
The PDP, however, commended Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, for his proactive steps to restore peace and order in the state.
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