President Muhammadu Buhari at the Security Council meeting on Thursday commended the police and the military over what he described as “successes and gains” despite the obviously rising spate of kidnappings and killings in the country with the latest episode being the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway incident.
The commendation was pronounced by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola at the State House in Abuja on Thursday, while briefing journalists after the National Security Council meeting at the Presidential Villa.
Aregebesola said Buhari also expressed satisfaction over the recently concluded governorship elections in Anambra State which saw the emergence of the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Charles Soludo as governor-elect.
He said, “The police and other security agencies had been mobilised to intensify surveillance, patrol and pursuit of criminals. And it’s not only about Abuja-Kaduna.
“Yes, Abuja-Kaduna belt was discussed specifically, but we appreciate the fact that we are in the season of festivity. So, all agencies are committed to providing security for Nigeria and the maintenance of law and order.
“They have been ordered to improve their activities, intensify surveillance and minimise, if not eliminate, any threat to law and order anywhere in Nigeria.”
The minister noted that the police were the lead agency on internal security adding that maintenance of law and order should start with them before extending to other security agencies.
Aregbesola added that specific orders had been given to all security agencies assuring Nigerians to expect an improved response to all those challenging the sovereignty of Nigeria in whatever form.
“The council today took a firm decision on what to be done and I can assure Nigerians that with the charge from the President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces today, there will be an improved response to all forms of criminality in any part of Nigeria,
“The armed forces of Nigeria and other security agencies, intelligence organisations must not rest on their oars, as we are making progress in our effort to eliminate insurgency, banditry, kidnapping for ransom, and all the other criminalities because Nigerians deserve to live in peace,” he affirmed
“The President received briefs from Service Chiefs and from the security agencies and intelligence organisations on the state of security nationwide.
“While appreciating the successes and gains made by all the security agencies from the armed forces of Nigeria to the police and other intelligence organisations, as well as other security agencies, he believes that more must still and should still be done.
“But he commended all of them for the progress we are recording on all fronts. The President was particularly happy with the fact that a free and fair election was made possible by the INEC and our security agencies.”