Buhari Meets IGP Over Benue, Rivers Killings

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, over the security situation across the country particularly the killings recorded in Benue, Rivers and Kaduna states.

At the end of the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Idris confirmed to State House correspondents that the meeting centered on how to effectively secure the country.

He said the President gave him a directive to tighten up the nation’s security.

“Every time we meet with the President, he gives a charge. He said that we should go and take care and ensure that we tighten our security,” Idris said.

On Benue crisis, the police boss said he would deploy more units to support the efforts policemen are making in the state to ensure adequate protection for the people.

He said senior police officers deployed in the state were putting their heads together to see how they can address the crisis which he described as “community problems.”

Despite the killings in Benue, Rivers and Kaduna States, however, Idris said the country was “well secured.”

“Let’s use the example of Benue, you know most of these states where you have several languages, you know is an issue of communal misunderstanding.

“I think what we should be praying for is for Nigerians to learn to live in peace with one another. I think is very important,” he added.

While assuring Nigerians that there will not be a repeat of the crisis, he also debunked insinuations that the country is under-policed.

When asked if his men were overwhelmed, Idris replied, “We cannot be overwhelmed.”

He added, “Obviously, it (Benue crisis) is a communal crisis. Herdsmen are part of the community. They are Nigerians and are part of the community. Are they not?”

On the arrest of an online publisher, the police boss said, “I don’t need to send anybody but whenever you commit an offence it is our duty to ensure that we respond.”

Senate Orders IGP, Ibrahim Idris To Appear Before It

The Ad-hoc Senate Committee on Alleged Fraudulent Activities in Collection, Accounting, Remittance and Expenditure by Revenue Generating Agencies has invited the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to appear before it.

Sen. Solomon Adeola, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr Kayode Odunaro, on Sunday said the invitation followed findings on a N6.5bn unpaid revenue accruing from the Lagos Trade Fair Complex.

He said others invited to appear before the committee are the Director Generals of Directorate of State Security, Bureau of Public Enterprise and National Council on Privatisation.

Adeola said the essence of the invitation was to get the Police and DSS to assist the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Bureau of Public Enterprise in recovering the money, which had accrued for over nine years.

He said that the invitation was to also assist in ejecting the concessionaire of the Trade Fair Complex, LITFC, AULIC Nigeria Limited and recovering the complex.

Adeola said it had become necessary to recover the 322 hectares multi-billion Naira complex following a huge debt due to the N40bn lease fees.

Adeola quoted the Director-General of BPE, Mr Alex Okoh, as saying the concession agreement to AULIC Nigeria Limited was revoked in early September by the Federal Government.

He further quoted Okoh as saying all efforts to eject the concessionaire including the use of the Divisional Police at the complex and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission proved abortive.

Adeola said findings showed that “after the initial fees of N200m paid by the concessionaire in 2007 and another N12m, it has not paid a dime to the federal government, with outstanding revenue of N6.5bn.

“The concessionaire has bastardised the trade fair complex with hospitality and real estate businesses without approved plans.

“It is shocking that an individual or corporate organisation could operate so lawlessly, withholding federal government revenue, while contravening a government revocation order of his concessionaire agreement.

“What we need to do at this point is to recover the Trade Fair Complex from the concessionaire and subsequently pursue the issue of N6.5 billion unremitted federal government revenue.

“Since the local police cannot handle the ejection with the concessionaire still operating and collecting revenue using all manner of tactics including thuggery, we are inviting the IGP and DG-DSS to address this illegal challenge on the authority.

“I am surprised that anyone can flagrantly operate as if he is above the law and the government,’’ the statement read in part.

Gunmen Attack Home of Ex-IGP, Kill Police

The residence of a former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie, was attacked by gunmen on Saturday, resulting in the death of a mobile policeman.

The former IGP and his family however are safe as the gunmen could not gain entrance into the home, although the gunmen escaped with the rifle of one of the stationed policemen.

It was recounted that two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on the two policemen stationed at the gate of the residence at the about 8pm.

The corpse of the slain policeman has been deposited at the mortuary of Katsina General Hospital, where the other injured mobile policeman was receiving treatment.

Osinbajo Summons IGP over Kidnapped Germans

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the kidnap of two Germans, archaeologists Prof. Peter Breunig and Mr Johannes Behringer in Kadarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reliably learnt that the IGP briefed the acting President on efforts so far made by police to rescue the victims unhurt and apprehend the kidnappers.

The police had since dispatched a team of Special Police Forces and Police Investigators to work in synergy with the police command in Kaduna State and indigenes of towns and surrounding villages where the archaeologists were kidnapped.

The Special Police Forces comprise of Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU), the Anti Kidnapping Unit, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), the Police Mobile Force and Police Surveillance Helicopters.

The Special Investigation Team on Kidnapping and Terrorism Cases under the Command of the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations, is also participating in the rescue operation.

The kidnapped archaeologists, working in collaboration with National Commission for Museum and Monument on the relics of NOK Culture in Nigeria, were kidnapped on 22 February at an excavation site in Kadarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Two members of the local community in company of the Germans were killed during the kidnap.

(NAN)