This Day (Lagos)

2 August 2012

Nigeria: Jos Crisis - IG Gives AIG, CP 14-Day Ultimatum

Photo: Daily Trust
Women flee the bombing at the St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church in Jos. (file photo)

Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, has given the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 4, comprising Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau States, Mike Zuokumor, and Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Ayeni, 14 days to come up with positive strategies to address the security challenges in the state.

Abubakar, who made this known Wednesday during a conference with senior police officers at Force Headquarters, Abuja, said such efforts should illustrate practicable and realistic solutions as well as specific and holistic designs on short, medium and long term bases with time frames for their realisation.

His words: "Internal security is our core mandate. We must utilise our close affinity with local communities and stakeholder entities to intervene meaningfully in conflicts and restore peace to troubled areas in the country. You must let me know before the close of work on Tuesday 14th August, 2012, what new things we must do to restore permanent peace to Plateau State."

Abubakar charged the officers to step up operations and crime prevention activities in all states of the federation, which he said, was the constant review as criminals evolved new methods of committing crimes.

"I will therefore not take kindly to Commissioners of Police who stick to traditional policing methodologies which no longer yield desired results without taking new initiatives to combat emerging trends of criminal activities. Neither will I tolerate lukewarmness, docility, incompetence and lack of capacity to drive the reform agenda of this administration by any command CP."

While commending the activities of AIG Zone 5, Benin City, the CP and officers and men of Edo State Police Command for a successful governorship election, the police boss enjoined them to sustain the tempo, saying their efforts would be rewarded.

The IG, who also warned against any form of bribery and corruption in the Force, said bail was totally free, even as he warned that anyone caught doing so would be made to face the wrath of the law.

He said with the lifting of State of Emergency earlier imposed on 15 local government areas in Yobe, Borno, Plateau, and Niger States by the Federal Government, the CPs of these states should ensure that the fragile peace that exists in those states is sustained and improved upon.

The police boss promised to ensure that the personnel get adequate welfare and equipment for the effective policing of the country.

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