Faith Aghaeze, Abuja
In a bid to restore peace and normalcy in the NorthEast zone ,
the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has said the time has come for police officers to take over from the military as the war against terrorism is gradually won.
Speaking at a roundtable meeting with strategic stakeholders on
Security stabilization in the NorthEast, on Thursday in Abuja, Arase said with the increasing successes of the military, the time has come for the police to play its lead role in restoring civil authority in the war thorn areas.
“I want to state that the unstable situation and wide range conflict created in the northeast has greatly denied citizens in the affected areas of the security which they constitutionally deserved to enjoy and it is for this reason that 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.”His word
He however said all the necessary logistics needed for the Police personnel on ground will be adequately provided them, not un mindful of their safety.
“Of course, I will not just post Police personnel to North East without first ensure their safety and provision of adequate welfare. That is why we have already sent the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG, Operations to go beforehand and ensure adequate preparations towards the taking over of the place by the Police”, he said.
Emphasizing some of the things the stabilization exercise will focus on, the IG said it is aimed at accomplishing the re-establishment and strengthening of public authority, safety and rule of law, rendering assistance to victims and communities in order to mitigate the losses and traumatic experiences of insurgency.
“The reconstruction of infrastructure and restoration of effective service delivery by public and private providers, restoring and strengthening productive economic activities, social activities.
Also speaking, the Minister Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau who was represented by a staff from the ministry said the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs would only be allowed to go back to their home when there is adequate provision of security for them.
In his words: “We know that the IDPs are scattered all over the country and that they have been itching to go back home but we cannot throw them back home without adequate security of the areas that have been liberated by the military. That is why this meeting is very vital in the overall concept of winning the war in the northeast”.