I’m poised for solutions to nation’s security challenges, says IGP Idris
Speaking yesterday in Owerri at the Southeast Security Summit, tagged, Community Policing: Rethinking National Security Framework for National Development, Idris regretted the security challenges besetting the country.
He sought the support of the three tiers of government, individuals and corporate outfits to enable the force discharge its constitutional responsibility of securing lives and property as enshrined in Section 4 of the Police Act.
The IGP equally pleaded for logistics such as communications and information technology infrastructure, patrol/operational vehicles, forensic and scientific aids, CCTV cameras at public places as well as surveillance equipment and other technical security aids for the police to perform more creditably.
Idris, at the well-attended event, also regretted the Offa robbery of six banks in which about 30 persons, including police officers, were killed and 21 riffles snatched.
He, however, disclosed that 12 suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.
He said: “It has always been my determination to find lasting solutions to the challenges of security to all Nigerians irrespective of political, religious or ethnic affiliations.”
On the thematic area of the summit, the IGP said a critical examination of the security facets was to be addressed.
Commenting on the Jos mayhem, Idris stated: “The recent killing in Plateau State where over 200 persons were said to have been killed is a sad commentary in the history of our nation.
In line with the directive of Mr. President, the police have launched a high-powered investigation into the incident and I can confidently inform you that no stone will be left unturned in getting to the root of the matter.”
Idris challenged Nigerians to prioritise the prevailing insecurity in land, as according to him, the strategies to tackle the menace were in the hands of all, including monarchs, religion-based organisations, market women, students, non-governmental organisations, among others.
He applauded the arrest of the notorious armed robbery and kidnapping kingpins, Vampire and Evans.