Security: Abuja Residents Express Concern as IG Orders Tighter Measures
By Philip Nwelih and Abayomi Akinbola
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate security beef-up in all the States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
According to a statement by Force Spokesman, Frank Mbah, the directive follows a series of violent protest and unrest by members of the El-ZakZaky group in the FCT.
The statement assured citizens that proactive measures including aerial surveillance of major cities are in place to ensure the safety and security of lives and property of all Nigerians.
The IGP directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police to ensure customized security arrangements at their respective in place Area of Responsibilities to checkmate the activities of criminals and any possible threat to public peace.
He enjoined Nigerians to be wary of circulating unsubstantiated security advisories capable of creating undue fear, panic and apprehension in the country.
Meanwhile, residents of the Federal Capital Territory have continued to express concern at the heightened tension in Abuja.
This is due to the continued protest of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
Many residents have adopted a means of moving around the FCT, even as they now stay glued to their radio sets and mobile phones for information of protest in any part of Abuja.
Some residents avoided popular areas like Area-One, Garki, Area Ten, Wuse and the National Mosque.
Earlier today, Police Helicopter hovered around Abuja, with additional security deployment in strategic locations.
In a related development, former Commissioner of Police, Diseye Nsirim-Poweigha, says the best way to solve the security challenges in the country is better funding of the Police.
Diseye Nsirim-Poweigha said this today while addressing journalists after picking her Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms to contest governorship position of Bayelsa state.
“Government should spend more money on Security, not lip service,” Nsirim-Poweigha said. “Security is everybody’s business including your House Girl and your Maid. So what we are saying is that government should put in more money in security and bring in a lot of strategies that will be able to control the situation on ground.
The former Niger CP also argued that having State Police as being canvassed by a large number of Nigerians is “not the ultimate.”
“What we are saying is whether it is State Police or it is Federal Police, what Police needs, is enough funding,” the Bayelsa governorship hopeful added.