Increase surveillance, pursue criminals on Abuja-Kaduna highway, others – Buhari

Increase surveillance, pursue criminals on Abuja-Kaduna highway, others – Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has ordered security agencies to intensify surveillance and patrol activities along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Thursday after the National Security Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Aregbesola also disclosed that the was impressed by the recently concluded governorship election in Anambra State, which saw the emergence of the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Charles Soludo, as the governor-elect.

He stated, “The police and other security agencies have been mobilised to intensify surveillance, patrol and pursuit of the criminals. And it’s not only about the Abuja-Kaduna road.

“Yes, the Abuja-Kaduna belt was discussed specifically, but we appreciate the fact that we are in the season of festivity. So, all agencies are committed to providing security for Nigeria and the maintenance of law and order.

“They have been ordered to improve their activities, intensify surveillance and minimise, if not eliminate, any threat to law and order anywhere in Nigeria.”

The minister said the police force was the lead agency on internal security, and as such, the maintenance of law and order would start with the police and then extend to all the other security agencies.

Aregbesola said specific orders had been given to all security agencies, adding that Nigerians should expect to see an improved response to all those challenging the sovereignty of the country in whatever form and creating insecurity.

The minister stated, “The council today took a firm decision on what to be done and I can assure Nigerians that with the charge from the President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces today, there will be an improved response to all forms of criminality in any part of Nigeria.

“The armed forces of Nigeria and other security agencies and intelligence organisations must not rest on their laurels as we are making progress in our effort to eliminate insurgency, banditry, kidnapping for ransom and all the other criminalities, because Nigerians deserve to live in peace.”

Giving details about the issues discussed at the meeting, the minister said Buhari, while commending the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies for ensuring a safe governorship election in Anambra, charged them not to rest on their laurels as the country was still being ravaged by criminal and terrorist activities.

Aregbesola added, “The President received briefs from service chiefs from the security agencies and intelligence organisations on the state of security nationwide. While appreciating the successes and gains made by all the security agencies from the armed forces of Nigeria to the police and other intelligence organisations as well as other security agencies he believes that more must still and should still be done.

“But he commended all of them for the progress we are recording on all fronts. The President was particularly happy with the fact that a free and fair election was made possible by INEC and our security agencies.

“The President was particularly happy that a free and fair governorship election held in Anambra and he was quite happy that the combination of INEC and the security agencies, from the military to the police and all the other agencies, made that possible with the support of the people of Anambra and the of Anambra. And we all saw the outcome.”

He said with the successes recorded, there was no doubt as to the regime’s commitment to promoting democracy and ensuring that 2023 elections were not threatened.

Speaking further, the minister added that the council was briefed about the election of a Nigerian, Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Garba Umaru, who emerged out of four other candidates as the Vice-President of Interpol for Africa.

He stated, “This means that a Nigerian today represents the 54 African nations at the Interpol level.

“The election took place a couple of hours ago. And he emerged as the vice-president of Interpol in Africa. That too was discussed, appreciated and applauded.”

Before the commencement of the meeting, the President, assisted by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, decorated his Aide-De-Camp, Lt Col Yusuf Dodo, with his new rank of Colonel.

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