As part of measures aimed at bringing to barest minimum issues bordering on insecurity, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new security guidelines and strategy to quell rising killings, kidnappings, and bandits attacks across South-East and South-South regions.
He added that the newly approved measures and security guidelines for the region were aimed at changing the narrative by restoring normalcy and preferring lasting solution to insecurity challenges in the areas.
The approval, among others, were some of the decision taken after series of security meetings held in the last eleven days and concluded on Tuesday in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, who confirmed the presidential approval while briefing State House Correspondents after the meeting, noted that the directive would see a change in tactics of security agencies and bringing about effective internal policing and security.
He said, “We have some measures which we have outlined and have been approved by the Council and we will see how we can change the narrative within the quickest possible means to restore law and order and restore peace in that area (South-South and South-East).
“We solicit the support of all law-abiding citizens to work with us to identify and deal with the situation. That is that. I may not go into the details of how we will do that.”
On his part, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd), said that the president also approved a memo presented by his office on the control of drugs, which he claimed was contributing to rising insecurity.
The NSA said that the meeting stressed the need to address the security challenges in the country particularly those that have arisen in the last few months.
“The first two meetings were inconclusive, but today’s meeting is the final of the three meetings. Again, Mr. President’s concern at the growing trend of insecurity has been highlighted and the meeting, basically, was briefed by the National Security Adviser, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector-General Police.
“I briefed the meeting on strategic issues in relation to security, while the Chief of Defence Staff briefed on operational issues, and Inspector-General of Police briefed on constabulary matters. On my part, I briefed the council on the enablers of crime and the need to find quick responses with a view to mitigating the growing threats to society.
“These enablers are discussed in detail and Mr President has already given direction on how to deal with them, specifically issues of drug abuse as propellants for crime, how to make the criminal justice system much more effective, as well as looking at issues of unemployment, which of course, the federal executive council had given approval, through previous memos on how to get 100 million people out of poverty, that was also discussed. Then, again, the lack of an effective crime reporting system,” he said.