On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, ordered security chiefs to end cases of theft of crude oil in the country. The Police Inspector General, Muhammed Adamu, said the President gave the challenge when he met behind closed doors with the security chiefs, at the State House, Abuja.
NAN quoted Adamu as saying that the President specifically ordered security agencies to intensify security along pipelines and other facilities to control the threat.
“As a result of the improvement in the general security situation in the country, the President has commissioned us to ensure that there is a society of almost zero crimes in all geopolitical areas; In fact, the whole country.
“Therefore, we have also been accused of increasing safety along pipelines, to ensure that the theft of crude oil is completely stopped because the loss facing the country in that regard is not tolerated,” he said.
The IGP also noted that the country had witnessed a significant drop in the activities of bandits and kidnappers after an improvement in the security situation throughout the country.
“We have noticed in this quarter that the security situation in the country is stable. We made a comparison of what happened in the previous quarter and this last quarter, and we saw that there is a considerable decrease in kidnappings, banditry, armed robbery, and even acts of worship.
“It can be seen from the situation in the northwestern part of the country that banditry and kidnapping have been greatly reduced and we have statistics that support what we are saying,” he said.
Adamu also revealed that a good number of bandits and kidnappers had been arrested along the Kaduna – Abuja and Kaduna – Birnin Gwari roads. According to him, many of the bandit camps had been destroyed, while police intensified efforts to stop bandits who refused to surrender.
“Those who refused to accept peace initiatives that we have been able to identify their camps, especially along the Kaduna – Abuja highway; along the Birnin Gwari – Niger axis and we went to the lair of these kidnappers, we went to their camps and evicted some of these camps. In fact, at the security meeting, we gave specific numbers of the camps we destroyed and the casualties that the bandits recorded as a result of that.
“So, that made some of them give up, and some moved. Those who have moved are following them to know the new locations to stop them,” he said. The Chief’s Police said security agencies were also advised to support the peace initiative in the Tiv / Jukun crisis in the states of Benue and Taraba to achieve sustainable peace in the affected areas.
“Recently, there are several peace initiatives, especially the Tiv / Jukun crisis, the federal government proposed initiatives to bring the leadership of the two states and their traditional rulers. We have been asked to support this initiative and ensure that the dialogue is successful and that there is peace between Jukun and Tiv,” he said.