President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin and Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase to immediately secure communities under herdsmen’s attacks.
The President also ordered the security chiefs to go after groups terrorizing innocent Nigerians in communities and villages.
Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed unfolded the President’s directive yesterday in Abuja at the presentation of the book, “Who will Love my Country”, written by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.
Some public commentators have accused the President of “not talking” about the herdsmen’s rampage especially the Sunday night killings in Uzo Uwani Local Government, Enugu State.
Mohammed, who represented the President at the event, quoted him as warning that his administration will no longer allow the attacks to continue.
Buhari said: “Let me start by condemning in strongest terms the attacks by herdsmen in Enugu State on Monday. I deeply sympathise with those who lost their lives as well as those who lost their property.
“I have directed the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector – General of Police to secure all communities under attacks by herdsmen and to go after the groups terrorising innocent people all over the country. This government will not allow these attacks to continue.”
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President Mallam Garba Shehu, said acting on the President’s directive, the IG and heads of other security agencies are already taking urgent steps to fully investigate the attacks, apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons, the statement said, is now a priority on the Buhari Administration’s agenda for enhanced national security.
“And the Armed Forces and Police have clear instructions to take all necessary action to stop the carnage.” It added
”In keeping with the President’s directive, the Inspector-General of Police, the General Officer Commanding the 82nd Division of the Nigerian Army and the Director of the Department of State Security in Enugu State have visited Ukpabi Nimbo to personally oversee investigations into the attack on the community and ongoing efforts to apprehend the culprits.”