By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA—Following the frequent crises in Jos, Plateau State and its potential of creating a bigger security challenge for the nation, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has issued a two weeks order to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 4, Makurdi, Mr. Michael Zuokumor and the Commissioner of Police. Plateau State, Mr. Emmanuel Ayeni to work out strategies that will solve the security challenges in the state.
Speaking during a meeting with senior police officers in Abuja yesterday, the IG said, “We are daily confronted by numerous acts of crimes and criminality and must endeavour to curb these crimes to the barest minimum. The skirmishes and bombings in some parts of the country are still there. The Jos crisis is a problem that must be solved”.
He added: “Just recently, many people lost their lives in Barkin Ladi and Riyom, including a serving Senator and a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly. But this violence that has pervaded the Plateau for several years must come to an end. While we sympathize with families of all those who have suffered the violence in the state, I must reiterate our commitment to the on-going security arrangements and other efforts aimed at restoring peace in Plateau State.
“The Plateau State command and police personnel deployed on special duties to the troubled parts of the state must gear up to the challenges of security in the state and see that normalcy is restored as soon as possible”.
The IG charged: “I now direct the Assistant Inspector General of Police in-charge of Zone 4 Command, AIG Michael Zuokumor and the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State, Mr. Emmanuel Ayeni to immediately commence efforts targeted at reconstructing and evolving effective security strategies to address the security challenges in Plateau State.
“Such efforts must illustrate practicable and realistic solutions as well as specific and holistic designs on a short, medium and long term with time frame for their realization. You must let me know before the close of work on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, what new things we must do to restore permanent peace to Plateau State”.
Advising commissioners of police to be up and doing in tackling security challenges, Abubakar said, “I will therefore not take kindly with commissioners of police who stick to traditional methodologies which no longer yield desired results without taking new initiatives to combat emerging trends of criminal activities”.
“Neither will I tolerate lukewarm attitude, docility, incompetence and lack of capacity to drive the reform agenda of this administration, by any CP”.
Concerning states where the state of emergency was recently lifted by the Federal Government, the IG said, “I want to remind you that with the lifting of the state of emergency earlier imposed on 15 local government areas in Yobe, Borno, Plateau and Niger states, our responsibility is to ensure that the fragile peace that exists in those areas is sustained and improved upon.
“I urge the AIG’s and the CP’s in these states to work assiduously with other sister security agencies to ensure that the residents of these states go about their lawful businesses without let or hindrance”.