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Southern Kaduna killings: Osinbajo summons IGP to Aso Rock

By Gbenga Akinfenwa   |   26 February 2017   |   3:02 am  

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

• Over 15,000 Policemen Now Deployed In The Area
• Police Establishing New Squadron In Kafanchan, Deploy Special Unit, 18 Apcs
• Army Chief Also Briefs On Northeast Situation

To frontally tackle the embarrassing killings in Southern Kaduna, additional security measures, including a total deployment of 15, 285 policemen are now being put in place by the Nigeria Police Force in the area, as the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to Aso Rock, towards at weekend after a resurgence of violence in the area last week.

State Sources told The Guardian that the Ag. President wanted to know why despite the security measures put in place and with the level of attention drawn to the area, the recent resurgence of violence resulting in the deaths of 21 persons was still possible.

It was learnt that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had summoned the IGP to the Presidential Villa to find out what the police was doing to arrest the situation and to also issue further directives on restoring law and order to the affected communities.

The immediate outcome of the IGP’s meeting with the Acting President was the intensification and adoption of a set of additional security measures that would help contain the situation.

Beside the deployment of over 15000 cops to the area, it was also learnt that the Police High Command has now concluded arrangements for the establishment of a new Police Squadron in Kafanchan, Kaduna, as part of broad measures adopted to curb the violence.

It was gathered that 18 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and a unit of Belarus-trained police Special Forces have been deployed to Southern Kaduna.

The police, in addition, have now increased helicopter surveillance in the entire area to prevent a recurrence of violence in the communities.
Also, the police sais they have so far arrested 38 suspects linked to the violence, while 29 firearms have been recently recovered.The IGP, the source said, has further assured that there will now be stronger police presence and security in Southern Kaduna.

It would be recalled that at least 21 persons were killed in the latest attacks that has devastated several communities and displaced many people in Southern Kaduna.

The Army recently announced the formation of a new unit to be stationed in Southern Kaduna, all in a bid to contain the attacks.In a similar development, it was learnt that the Chief of Army Staff Lt. General T.Y. Buratai has briefed the Acting President on the situation in the Northeast, where the Nigerian military is said to now hold an effective control of the situation and mopping up remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents on a “regular and constant basis.”

Sources close to the Office of the National Security Adviser also disclosed that plans are underway for a major briefing on the overall security situation of the country for the benefit of the Nigerian public.



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