Friday, February 5, 2016

Restoring Peace: Time For Police To Take Over North-East- Arase


The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase has said the time has come for police officers to take over liberated areas in the North-East from the military as part of measures to restore peace and normalcy in the region.
Speaking at a roundtable meeting with strategic stakeholders on security in the North-East on Thursday in Abuja, Arase said with the increasing successes of the military, the time had come for the police to play its lead role in restoring civil authority in the war-torn areas.
He said, “I want to state that the unstable situation and wide range conflict created in the North-East has greatly denied citizens in the affected areas of the security which they constitutionally deserved to enjoy and it is for this reason that the Nigeria Police Force is evolving operational strategies that will lead to the restoration of police primacy and restoration of civil authority in the North-East.”
He however said all the necessary logistics needed for the police personnel on the ground will be adequately provided.
“Of course, I will not just post Police personnel to the North-East without first ensuring their safety and provision of adequate welfare. That is why we have already sent the Deputy Inspector-General of Police,  Operations to go beforehand and ensure adequate preparations towards the taking over of the place by the Police,” Arase stated.
He however said all the necessary logistics needed for the police personnel on the ground will be adequately provided.
“Of course, I will not just post Police personnel to the North-East without first ensuring their safety and provision of adequate welfare. That is why we have already sent the Deputy Inspector-General of Police,  Operations to go beforehand and ensure adequate preparations towards the taking over of the place by the Police,” Arase stated.

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