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Herdsmen Attack: IGP Moves To Check Counter Militias, Arms Build-up

Solomon Arase
Posted: May 11, 2016 at 4:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



…Panic Spreads Over Imminent Attacks In The South





In what appears to many community leaders across the country especially the Southern parts as moves at stalling efforts at self-defence against rampaging Fulani herdsmen, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has ordered all state Commissioners of Police (CPs) and the FCT to, as a matter of urgency, convene town hall meetings in their respective commands.

A statement by the police high command on Monday, explained that the initiative was aimed at adopting community policing practices in addressing internal security challenges.

The statement was coming after series of alerts on social media of imminent attack by alleged Fulani herdsmen.

Also, there had been reports of massive arms build-up in local communities lying within grazing ranges for herdsmen.

There had been reports of the resuscitation of the dreaded Bakassi Boys Brigade in Abia. There were also reports of Diaspora Nigerians especially from the South East repatriating funds and logistics for community surveillance and security monitoring.

But the IGP said his directive to CPs was to address specifically the misinformation, anxiety and animosity being generated in relation to the current security challenges associated with local communities and herdsmen.

He directed that the proposed meetings should be held at state and area commands as well as at divisional level to enhance the process of reassurance policing and need for peaceful coexistence and sensitivity of each community’s value, space and interest.

Speaking on the directive, Olabisi Kolawole, spokesman for the Force Headquarters, said: “The Forum will be utilised as a veritable platform for dialogue between all parties within the community.

He said participants should be drawn from all strategic security stakeholders which include traditional rulers, community leaders, public officials, religious actors, youth bodies, local vigilante groups, women/market associations, Police Community Relations Committee, other sister security agencies, professional bodies, media, state and non-state actors, among others.

The IGP directed all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge Zonal Commands (AIGs) to personally oversee the process, as it affects Commands under their Area of Responsibility and to ensure urgent compliance.

While urging the citizens to put their differences aside and courageously continue to support the Police in the face of current security challenges confronting the country, the IGP reassured the public of the Nigeria Police Force’s commitment to the safety and security of all Nigerians anywhere in any part of the country.