- IGP has explained why police engaged in dialogue with bandits terrorising the northeast
- President Buhari had earlier on Thursday, September 19, met the service chiefs over insecurity in the country
- Adamu noted that dialogue would end insecurity and bring back peace to the affected areas
Mohammed Adamu, the Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has revealed why the police engaged in dialogue with bandits who had killed many people in the northeast.
Vanguard reports that the police boss said that the new development would bring peace to the area where banditry and are rampant.
Legit.ng gathered that the IGP, however, said that the security situation in the country has improved if compared to the last two quarters, adding that banditry and kidnapping have decreased.
Speaking after a security meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the service chiefs at the Villa, Abuja, IGP Adamu said that the dialogue and negotiations were used by the late president Umaru Yar’Adua to solve the militancy problem in the Niger Delta which resulted to the amnesty programme for the repented militants.
He said that the use of kinetic action sometimes does not solve a problem rather negotiation and dialogue bring peace.
“When we are talking about peace initiative, there are a lot of things that we take into consideration, you give out something to get something. And this peace initiative has not started with the bandits in the northwestern part of this country with the bandits.
“If you remember some years back we were having issues in the Niger Delta and those issues kinetic actions could not solve the problem until amnesty and peace initiative came up and what we had had in Niger Delta had gone.
“So, I think part of a strategy to deal with challenges in terms of either security or war, there is peaceful negotiation too. So it is not that you are a bandit and on the course of the banditry you committed a crime you must be punished when there is peace initiative going on. If you refused to accept the peace initiative, of course, you have to face the consequences.”
Speaking on the increasing car theft and burglary in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the IGP said: "Currently we have about 20 different points where we monitor on daily basis through CCTV cameras within FCT and we are expanding it to cover the remaining areas.
“So one of the strategies to stop this type of crime whether it is car theft or burglary or anything that has to do with theft in the city is the use of CCTV and constant patrol for prevention.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that met behind closed doors with service chiefs at the Villa, Abuja.
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