- The federal government said that 2,000 special security personnel will soon be deployed in Zamfara state
- The security personnel is made up of the military, civil defence and police
- The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris said this is to ensure maximum protection of people and properties
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris on Tuesday, June 5, said that 2,000 special security personnel will soon be deployed in Zamfara state, adding that joint operation will begin in two weeks.
NAIJ.com gathered that Idris speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the Security Council meeting held in President Muhammadu Buhari’s office said: ”We have resolved that we are going to send a team to Zamfara comprising the military, Civil Defence, police to ensure that we have maximum protection of people and properties there."
He said the meeting was an opportunity to interface with the president on the security challenges in the country.
On the vote of no confidence in him passed by the National Assembly, the IGP said: “You can’t ask me now.”
Nigeria's minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, in a statement told the council of the alarming and incessant killings and kidnappings by armed bandits and criminal activities across the northwest. He mentioned Abuja-Kaduna expressway as a source of concern, saying there were kidnappings within the period under review.
Dan-Ali also suggested to the council the need for Defence Headquarters to launch a Joint Task Force Operation similar to Operation SAFE HAVEN in Jos to cover Zamfara and Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna state with its headquarters in Gusau, Zamfara state.
He said: “The need to employ other channels with the affected states to reduce tension by suspending the implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Law while also negotiating safe routes for the herders.
“The urgent need for the Nigeria Police and Department of State Services to prosecute all the suspects arrested in the states.
“The need to hasten the establishment of a National Commission on the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Nigeria. The need to engage diplomatic channels to ensure US sanctions does not affect Nigeria.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Mansur Dan Ali, minister of defence, recommended the suspension of the anti-grazing law.
The law is operational in Benue, Taraba and Ekiti states where clashes between herdsmen and farmers have led to the loss of lives.
However, speaking at a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with service chiefs at the presidential villa in Abuja, Dan Ali said the law has caused tension in those states, The Cable reports.
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