BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA — In the aftermath of the violent disturbances and killings in Jos, Borno and Bauchi, the Federal Government has concluded arrangement to procure 450 operational vehicles for a harmonized intelligence gathering for security agencies towards checkmating the threats.
Also the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Abubakar Ringim, has described as deceitful call by women of Plateau State on the Federal Government to withdraw military personnel of the Special Joint Task Force from Jos and replace them with the police.
Speaking at a meeting involving all states Commissioners of Police, Zonal Command AIG’s and Deputy Inspector’s General of Police, the IG said: “The most disturbing problems now facing us are the Boko Haram crises in Borno, crises in Plateau State and that of Bauchi.”
He assured, however, that in the next few weeks, the Federal Government will procure and distribute 450 operational vehicles for the police and military personnel in these crises areas to be able to sustain the operations.
“Let me say also that very soon, normalcy will be restored to these states,” Ringim assured the nation.
On the protest by women in Plateau State calling on the federal government to withdraw soldiers over allegation of connivance in the crises, the IG said: “First and foremost, it is the responsibility and prerogative of the federal government to deploy which ever security agency it deems fit to crises areas.
“The police are not deceived by the calls of the Plateau women that they prefer the police to the military. We discussed this matter in Tuesday’s security meeting and the Chief of Defence Staff explained clearly what happened.
“When that bomb blast occurred in the market area, the conclusion of some people was that it was done by some Muslims.
“The following morning, some none Muslims decided to come out and attack Muslims, including even their neighbours. This is the explanation of the CDS. And the military were there to make sure they were not allowed to attack people indiscriminately because if that had been allowed, the entire Plateau would have been burnt.
“It means everybody, Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa would have been killed innocently.”
Emphasizing that he was not holding brief for the military, the IG said “I am telling you exactly what the CDS said and I believe him.
“That the military stood by and made sure that the people did not attack non-Muslims they thought engineered the problem.
“That is why they regard the military as the enemy of the people of Plateau State and are calling for the withdrawal”.
For the 2011 elections, the IG said: “I want to challenge you that there are greater responsibilities ahead of the 2011.
There are some desperate politicians out there who are ready to do anything to disturb the peace.
“Everything must be done to ensure that the current security problems in parts of the country do not affect the April elections”.
He commended the performance of the police, particularly the team deployed in Abuja for the PDP primaries, as well as primaries across the 36 states of the country.