Federal government has strengthened security across the country as a result of tension caused by recent clashes between supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and Soldiers current on ” Operation Egwu Eke” in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met for several hours, Thursday, with Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Idris, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja as part of efforts to douse tension, caused by the activities of the Soldiers in the South East.
The Police Chief while speaking with the State House Correspondents after meeting with Vice President said the meeting was to “ensure that our provision of security in the country is intact”
IGP Idris expressed confidence that government was on top of the situation adding that the police hierarchy was monitoring the situation across the country even as it has established quick response mechanism in tension prone areas.
“Obviously one is to deploy policemen across the country, two we are in touch with the states government, trying to mobilize the political leadership to be able to intervene where necessary on how to lessen the tension in the south east.”
The IGP also used the opportunity to react to alleged involvement of the Police in armed robbery and kidnapping by Governor Nyelsom Wike of Rivers state who recently alleged that most of the crime committed in Rivers State were committed by men of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
The IGP who noted that like every one, the Governor “has right to self expression. You know he is a governor”, however denied the allegations saying that ” it cannot be true”
“Of course I have to deny that, that is nonsense. I have to deny that”
When reminded that the Governor was holding a picture of his man killed during the operations to buttress his point?
Idris said ” If a policeman was killed will you say he was involved in crime? I think you are mixing two different issues. A policeman was killed in Rivers in connection with this IPOB issue, is different from saying the policemen are involved in crime. You cannot say someone that was attacked and killed is the one involved in crime”
” The question is who the person they were attempting to kidnap?”
“I just want you to read between the lines. If you have leaders making sweeping allegations obviously it does not make sense. I don’t want to comment on it”
Also reacting to the October 1st threats, he dismissed claims of threats, adding that ” I don’t think there is tension in the country. Which country this Nigeria? No. Nigeria does not have any tension. At least you are in Abuja you have gone around there is no tension”