Again, Osinbajo summons IGP over renewed attacks

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An angry Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has reportedly summoned Nigeria's Police Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris to the nation's seat of power over  the continued violence that has resulted in yet another spate of killings in Southern Kaduna by Fulani herdsmen, New Telegraph reports.

Additional security measures, including the deployment of 15, 285 policemen, are now being put in place by the Nigeria Police Force in Southern Kaduna, days after Ibrahim Idris was summoned.

According to reports, Osinbajo met with Inspector- General Ibrahim Idris towards the end of the week after the recent resurgence of violence in the area. One presidency source said the acting president asked why, despite the security measures put in place and the level of attention given to the area, there was a resurgence of violence resulting in the deaths of 21 persons.

“Acting President Yemi Osinbajo summoned the IGP to the Presidential Villa to find out what the police was doing to arrest the situation and to also issue further directives on restoring law and order to the affected communities,” a source told online news portal, Premium Times.

“The immediate outcome of the IGP’s meeting with the Acting President was the intensification and adoption of a set of additional security measures that would help contain the situation.

“Besides deploying over 15000 cops in the area, the police high command has now concluded arrangements for the establishment of a new Police Squadron in Kafanchan, Kaduna, as part of broad measures adopted to curb the violence.

“Eighteen Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and a unit of Belarus-trained police Special Forces have been deployed in Southern Kaduna.

“The police, in addition, have now increased helicopter surveillance in the entire area to prevent a recurrence of violence in the communities. “Besides, the police have so far arrested 38 suspects linked to the violence while 29 firearms have been recently recovered. “The IGP assured that there will now be stronger police presence and security in Southern Kaduna.
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