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President Buhari orders security agencies to be `merciless’ with highway criminals

President Muhammadu Buhari has again ordered security agencies to urgently address the resurgence of kidnappings and other crimes on the Abuja-Kaduna highway and other roads in the country.

Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola said that the president gave the directive while presiding over the meeting of the National Security Council, held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

Aregbesola, who addressed House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said police and other security agencies had mobilized to intensify surveillance and patrols in pursuit of criminals.

“The Abuja-Kaduna belt was specifically discussed, but we appreciate the fact that we are in the holiday season.

“All agencies committed to bringing security to Nigeria and maintaining law and order have been ordered to improve their activities.

“They have also been ordered to intensify surveillance and minimize, if not eliminate, any threat to public order anywhere in Nigeria,” the minister said.

He said that President Buhari particularly ordered the armed forces and other security agencies and intelligence organizations not to rest on their oars.

This, the president pointed out, was despite the advances and efforts being made to eliminate the insurgency, banditry, kidnapping for ransom and all other criminalities.

President Muhammadu Buhari (left) assisted Yemi Osinbajo (second right) in decorating ADC to the president, Lt. Col. Yusuf Dodo to his new rank of colonel during a security meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday ( 11/25/2021)

Aregbesola quoted the president as saying that “we are not yet where we should be. Nigerians deserve to live in peace. And until we do, we will not rest. ”

The minister assured that Nigerians will soon witness a major improvement in security, as specific orders have been given to all security agencies to address security challenges across the country.

He said: “Specific orders have been given to all the security agencies. We will see an improved response to all those who challenge Nigerian sovereignty in any way and create insecurity anywhere.

“The Council today made a firm decision on what to do.

“I am convinced that with the new charge to our security agencies, from the army to the police, intelligence organizations and all other security forces, Nigerians will certainly feel and live better in the future.”

The minister said the president was particularly pleased with the way the November 6 gubernatorial elections were conducted in Anambra.

Former CBN Governor and Grand Alliance of All Progressives candidate Charles Soludo was the winner in the election after garnering 112,229 votes.

Aregbesola said: “The president was particularly happy with the fact that a free and fair election was made possible for the security agencies.

“And that is a good guarantee for all Nigerians that we are committed to promoting democracy; that’s regarding the choice of Anambra.

The minister said that the President expressed satisfaction with the election of AIG Garba Umar of Nigeria, Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Office, as Vice President (Africa) and Member of the INTERPOL Executive Committee.

“The council was briefed on today’s election of a Nigerian, AIG Umaru, who emerged among four other candidates as Interpol’s vice president for Africa.

“This means that a Nigerian today represents the 54 African nations at INTERPOL.

“The election took place on Thursday, a couple of hours ago. And he emerged as vice president of NTERPOL in Africa, representing the 54 African nations. That was also discussed, appreciated and applauded, ” Aregbesola said.

The National Security Council meeting on Thursday was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the president’s chief of staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and retired Major General, National Security Adviser. Babagana Monguno.

Others were the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Leo Irabor, and the Heads of Service of the Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba.

Before the start of the meeting, President Buhari, with the assistance of Vice President Osinbajo, decorated Buhari’s aide-de-camp, Colonel Yusuf Dodo, with his new rank.

Source: NAN

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