Minna — former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, yesterday, decried the spate of bombings in the country, saying such attacks were impeding development efforts.
Abdulsalami made the remark when the newly appointed Commissioner of Police in Niger State, Mrs Diseye Nsirim, paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Minna.
He said that anything that would disrupt the peace and stability in any community should be avoided at all costs, adding that the state had enjoyed an enviable status as a peaceful state in the country until the spate of bomb attacks in Suleja and its environs which disrupted the people’s way of life.
The former head of state noted that the security situation in the country had over-stretched the police, and called for the provision of adequate logistics and equipment for the force, noting that this would enable the police to deal with the security challenges and enhance their performance generally.
Abubakar assured the commissioner of his support and cooperation and wish her a successful tenure in the state.
In her reaction, Nsirim solicited the support of the former head of state and other prominent sons and daughters of the state to achieve effective policing of the area, saying efforts to secure lives and property in Suleja were yielding good results.
The commissioner said residents of the city, the local government and the Emir were tremendously helping the police in ensuring lasting peace in the area.
She commended the former head of state for his leadership role in peace initiatives in the country and on the African continent.
Security c’tee assures of an end to terrorism
Meanwhile, the Joint Security Information Managers Committee on Security Situation in the country said, yesterday, that the security agencies were on top of the situation to bring terrorism to an end.
Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, Director of Air Force Public Relations and Information, announced this to newsmen in Abuja on behalf of the committee.
Anas said the joint operation by security agencies in the country had unravelled some of the terrorists’ planned attacks.
“So there is no doubt that the security agencies are doing their best as there are many of such incidents which have not been reported.
“But theyhave been foiled because of the active and proactive intervention of the security agencies.
“That is why they have not been able to carry out their terrorist activities in different parts of the country. ‘’
Anas explained that it could be assumed that the security agencies were a step ahead of the terrorists.
He said there could be challenges here and there because certain information was not given to the security agencies.
“That is why the committee is calling on the public to provide information to assist the security agencies in tackling these challenges.
On blocking of major roads in??Abuja metropolis, Anas said the development was a direct reaction to information at the disposal of security agencies on the activities of terrorist groups.
The director said security agencies were aware of the inconveniences caused by the blocking and would take the necessary measures to improve the traffic situation as the situation improves.???
“From time to time, security is beefed up in the FCT because credible threats are received by the agencies.
“We are not unmindful of the traffic situation and the fact that it could cause some inconveniences. You know that security threats have hard and soft targets.
“As soon as the security situation improves, you will see improvement in these areas.”
Anas said the JTF had recovered an unregistered Isuzu pick up van, a pump action gun, an AK 47 riffle, a double-barrel gun, a box loaded with assorted ammunition, 19 empty magazine of AK 47 riffles and a bullet proof ?jacket.
Other items recovered are a helmet and a DVD player from three Boko Haram suspects who were killed on April 9 in Borno.
Three people, the Chairman of the Dikwa Local Government area, Mr Babagana Ali Karim, a police sergeant and a civilian were killed in the terrorist attack
The Deputy Director, Public Relations, State Security Services, Mrs Marilyn Ogar, hailed the security agencies ‘for recording a huge success “in the fight against terrorism”.
According to her, the security agencies should be commended for the efforts they had put into the campaign against terrorism.
“So, I will continue to say we are winning and we will definitely win with your support and the support of all Nigerians. ”