Egbetokun made these remarks during the August meeting of the Strategic Police Managers, a monthly platform for police strategic....
By Samuel Faotu
The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ag IGP Olukayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has instructed Commissioners of Police and Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) in border States neighboring Niger Republic to collaborate with sister agencies at the border. This collaboration aims to prevent any internal security issues arising from the closure of the border due to the Niger Republic Coup.
Egbetokun made these remarks during the August meeting of the Strategic Police Managers, a monthly platform for police strategic communication and interaction regarding the security situation in the nation. He emphasized that the Nigeria Police Force will continuously monitor these areas to ensure the deployment of sufficient personnel for maintaining internal security.
It’s worth noting that around seven states, including Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, and Borno, share borders with Niger Republic. The border closure, prompted by the ECOWAS ultimatum following the overthrow of President Mohammed Bazoum’s democratic government by a military junta, has been causing tension in those regions.
During the meeting, IGP Egbetokun also revealed the suspension of licenses for private individuals due to the proliferation of arms in the country.
He said that there are too many arms in circulation which is a source of danger noting, “what we are doing now is mopping up of arms. we cannot afford to issue new licences for individuals to own arms for now”.
“Reminded that it is as a result of the increasing insecurity in the country, and needed by citizens to protect themselves from criminal elements, Egbetoken said, “Issuance of licence for arms to individuals has been suspended”.
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