Buhari to security agencies: Be merciless with highway criminals


Uba Group

President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated the readiness of his administration to clam down on criminal elements, saying that security agencies should fight kidnapping and other crimes in the country.

The president gave the directive while presiding over the meeting of the National Security Council, held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said.

The minister, while addressing the State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said the police and other security agencies had been mobilised to intensify surveillance.

“Abuja-Kaduna belt was discussed specifically, but we appreciated the fact that we are in the season of festivity.

“All agencies committed to providing security for Nigeria and the maintenance of law and order have been ordered to improve on their activities.

“They have also been ordered to intensify surveillance and minimise, if not eliminate any threat to law and order anywhere in Nigeria,’’ the minister said.

He added that President Buhari ordered the armed forces and other security agencies and intelligence organisations, not to rest on their oars.

Aregbesola said, “We are not yet where we should be. Nigerians deserve to live in peace. Until we achieve that, we will not rest.

“Specific orders have been given to all security agencies. We’ll see an improved response to all those challenging the sovereignty of Nigeria in whatever form and creating insecurity anywhere.

“The Council today took a firm decision on what to be done. I am convinced that with the renewed charge to our security agencies from the military to the police, to intelligence organisations and all other security forces, certainly, Nigerians will feel and live better going forward.’’