Worried by the intractable crisis in Jos, Plateau state, and its environs, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, has given the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 4, comprising Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau States, Mike Zuokumor, and the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ayeni, two weeks ultimatum to commence efforts targeted at restructuring and evolving effective security strategies to address the security challenges in the state.
Abubakar gave the matching order to the senior police officers yesterday during the conference with senior police officers at Force Headquarters, Abuja, adding that such efforts must illustrate practicable and realistic solutions, as well as specific and holistic designs on a short, medium and long term with time frames for their realisation.
In his words: “Internal security is our core mandate. We must utilise our close affinity with local communities and stakeholder entities to intervene meaningfully in conflicts and restore peace to troubled areas in the country. You must let me know before the close of work on Tuesday August 14, 2012, what new things we must do to restore permanent peace to Plateau state.”
He lamented the loss of lives in Barkin Ladi and Riyom Local Government Area which claimed the life of Senator Gyang Dantong and assured that Jos crisis is a problem that must be solved.
The IGP charged all the senior officers to step up operations and crime prevention activities in all states of the federation, which he said should be constantly reviewed as criminals evolve new methods of committing crimes.
He said with the lifting of emergency rule earlier imposed on 15 councils in Yobe, Borno, Plateau, and Niger states by the federal government, the CPs of these states should ensure that the fragile peace that exists in those states is sustained and improved upon.
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