News / Africa

Nigeria Police Chief Sees Security Improvement

A policeman stands near damaged vehicles after a suicide car bomber killed five people on a street of popular bars and restaurants in Sabon Gari, Kano, Nigeria, May 19, 2014.
A policeman stands near damaged vehicles after a suicide car bomber killed five people on a street of popular bars and restaurants in Sabon Gari, Kano, Nigeria, May 19, 2014.
Peter Clottey

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police says the police and other security agencies are in control of the security situation, in spite of criticisms that they have failed to prevent violence carried out by Islamist militant group, Boko Hara.

Three months ago, the militant group abducted over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok and has continued to launch attacks on the population in parts of the country’s north.

But in an interview with VOA, Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar said the security situation has improved despite the security challenge posed by Boko Haram militants.

Analysts say the security threat posed by the militants could undermine the economic outlook by shaving some points from the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). But Abubakar says security officials are working hard to ensure that the country’s peace and stability as well as maintains its territorial integrity.

“Efforts are being made very seriously in containing this threat,” said Abubakar.

He sharply denied accusations that some security officers have been providing intelligence information to the militants-enabling Boko Haram members to evade arrests and attempts by security forces to protect lives and property.

He said police routinely “track” their own officers to ensure there is no link or cooperation with militants.

“If you check, we equally are - one way or the other - affected by this level of devastation or threats. We have lost some officers to this terror and as far as I know, as of today, our officers are doing the best in terms of providing information intelligence against terror in this country,” said Abubakar. “We haven’t had any single police officer that has been connected to any particular incident of leaking information used by terrorists or criminal groups of such nature.”

Critics say the police have failed to provide protection following the increasing attacks on civilians.

But Abubakar said the police and other security agencies have been doing their best to contain the security situation. He pointed to recent arrests of people connected to the militants in Borno, Adamawa and Lagos States as evidence of the security agencies’ hard work to combat the terrorism the country faces.

Abubakar said the arrests enabled the security agencies to gather intelligence as well as recover arms and ammunition available to the militants that could have been used to launch series of attacks on the people.

“We have been doing so much, not only the police but, [also] other security agencies…so much is being done in terms of deployment in terms of surveillance in term of intelligence, otherwise probably the attacks would be been much more than these,” said Abubakar. “We want to reassure the public that the government is on top of the situation and we are doing our best to ensure that we are not overwhelmed by such situations.”

Abubakar also said the police and other security agencies are working with the public to gather information and intelligence about the militants. He said there is good collaboration between security agencies, and the public has enabled security officials to thwart planned Boko Haram attacks in parts of the country.

“It’s good but we want it to be excellent. Good in the sense that years back we had a lot of challenges, but the situation have changed because one the police are more civil and patient with the members of the public,” said Abubakar. “In Kano we discovered several numbers of IEDs [Improvised Explosive Devices] planted by a Mosque…probably thousands of people would have been dead. It is true the partnership- a partnership that works and the people that led to this.”               

He said members of the public alerted police about IEDs that were recently planted in the capital, Abuja. The information, Abubakar said, enabled the police to thwart yet another planned attack by the terrorists to kill scores of people.

You May Like

India PM Modi's Party Distances Itself From Religious Conversions

BJP under fire for being slow to rein in hardline affiliate groups allegedly trying to promote Hindu-dominant agenda by luring Muslims and Christians to convert More

Anti-Whaling Group Found in Contempt of Court

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers in the waters off Antarctica continue their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt More

UN's Ban Urges End to Discrimination Against Ebola Workers

Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubansi
X
Sharon Behn
December 19, 2014 9:34 PM
For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
Video

Video Cuba Deal is Major Victory for Pope’s Diplomatic Initiatives

Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.

All About America

AppleAndroid