In an attempt to stop the insecurity that is being posed to Nigeria by the Boko Haram Sect, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, has sought for collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), New York Police Department, United Nations and other United States security agencies.
The Inspector General of Police who has been on a working visit to the United States since last week told Nigeria’s officials at the embassy in Washington, DC at a briefing that his meetings with various security agencies in America were aimed at achieving the required support from the international security agencies and other multilateral bodies, particularly in the area of intelligence gathering, intelligence sharing, exchange programmes, combating terrorism, peace-keeping operations and capacity building,
especially on training, manpower and infrastructural development for the Nigeria Police Force.
He said that he believed that insecurity would become a forgotten phase in Nigeria with the new collaboration of the the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), New York Police Department, United Nations and other United States security agencies.
Saying that the security challenges that Nigeria is facing today is applicable to all countries in the world, Abubakar noted that the federal government was doing greatly to ensure that the country becomes very safe for both its citizens and foreigners.
He however urged Nigerian living in the United States to ensure that they come home to join force with the Nigerian government in the government’s efforts to make the country a crime-free nation. IG Abubakar pressed further that his working visit and meetings with United States security chiefs had given him a vast
knowledge on how to make Nigeria free in the hands of Boko Haram’s terrorists.
He also made it known that all the security
agencies that he met both in New York and
Washington, DC had pledged their supports and collaboration to ensure that Boko Haram and other terrorist group do not have a place to stay in Nigeria.
His words: “My meetings went very well, I sought better ways of collaboration between the US security and the Nigerian security, even the Nigerian government as a whole.
We had meetings that have to do with sharing of intelligence information and support for fighting crimes and criminality in the world particularly terrorism.
On the issue of state police, the Inspector-General said that he was against the idea from the beginning because he was aware that some state governors would surely use the agency, if created, to intimidate their opponents. He added that this would cause more security problems for the country.
On the allegation that some senior police officers want to sell the new police uniforms to junior officers, the police chief said: “You cannot sell any police uniform because there are lots of things surrounding it which i will not even have to disclose because it has security implication on it. So it is not possible for any officer to sell the
new uniform, and if you see anyone selling it, then you have to know that he is selling the fake ones”.
On the report that policemen have been
preventing members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from embarking on protests in some states in Nigeria, IG Abubakar said that there was no way any police could stop people from embarking on any peaceful protest.