1 August 2012

Nigeria: IG Directs AIG, CP, to Device New Strategy On Jos Crisis

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

Mr Mohammed Abubakar, the Inspector General of Police, has directed police commands in Zone 4 made up of Benue and Plateau, to device new security strategies to tackle the perennial crisis in Jos.

Abubakar gave the directive in Abuja on Wednesday at a meeting with senior police officers.

He directed Mr Mike Zuokumor (AIG) and the Commissioner of Police in Plateau, Mr Emmanuel Ayeni, to work out and submit the strategies to him on Aug. 14.

"I now direct the AIG and the commissioner to immediately commence efforts targeted at restructuring and evolving effective security strategies to address the security challenges in Plateau.

"You must let me know before the close of work on Tuesday, Aug.14, what new things we must do to restore permanent peace to Plateau," he said.

Abubakar said the strategy must show practical and realistic solution as well as specific and holistic designs on short, medium and long terms.

He said the Jos crisis was a problem that must be solved, and restated the commitment of the Police to ongoing efforts at restoring lasting peace to the state.

The IG charged personnel deployed to crisis prone areas of the state to gear up to the challenges and restore peace as soon as possible.

Abubakar also charged officers and men of the force to step up crime prevention strategies nationwide, adding that they should constantly review such strategies as criminals evolve new methods.

"I will, therefore, not take kindly to any commissioner of police who sticks to traditional policing methodologies.

"Neither will I tolerate lukewarm attitudes, docility, incompetence and lack of capacity to drive the reform agenda of this administration by any commissioner of police," he said.

Abubakar said there should be a change from the old ways of policing, to serving the people with respect in line with the provisions of the law.

He said that with the lifting of the state of emergency imposed in 15 local government areas in four states in the northern part of the country, there was need to ensure that the existing fragile peace in the areas was sustained and improved upon.

"I urge the AIG and CPs in these states to work assiduously with other sister security agencies to ensure that the residents go about their lawful businesses without let or hindrance."

The IG directed that salaries of officers and men of the force should henceforth be paid before the last week of every month to serve as impetus for enhanced performance.


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