… As FG deploys 15,000 policemen in the area
By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
Apparently shocked by the escalation of attacks in Southern Kaduna despite increased security measures put in place by government, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has summoned the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, to Aso Rock Villa for explanations.
A source in the Presidency, who is privy to the invitation of the police leadership, told Sunday Vanguard that government was unhappy with the fresh killing of 21 persons in the troubled Southern Kaduna last week.
The source said Osinbajo wanted explanations from the police chief and what needed to be done to halt killings in the area.
The meeting between the Acting President and the IGP came amid reports that the Presidency had ordered security measures, including the deployment of 15, 285 policemen in Southern Kaduna.
One of the top sources familiar with the meeting said, “The immediate outcome of the IGP’s meeting with the Acting President was the intensification and adoption of a set of additional security measures that would help contain the situation.
“Besides, deploying over 15000 cops to the area, It was also learnt that the police high command has now concluded arrangements for the establishment of a new Police Squadron in Kafanchan, Kaduna, as part of broad measures adopted to curb the violence.
“A total of 18 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and a unit of Belarus-trained police Special Forces have been deployed to Southern Kaduna.
“The police, in addition, have now increased helicopter surveillance in the entire area to prevent a recurrence of violence in the communities”.