Insecurity: Directive To Shoot Criminals With AK-47 Remains – Buhari

Following measures to curb Insecurity in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly declared his support for the Nigeria Police Force and expressed his intolerance for all criminal activities in Lagos State and the entire country.

He reportedly disclosed this on Thursday at the Police College in Ikeja, during the inauguration of security vehicles and crime-fighting equipment bought by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the Lagos State Police Command.

The President stated that “We will deal firmly and decisively against any and all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on our police force or other security personnel.  Let me also use this opportunity to reiterate that my directive to security agencies to shoot any person or persons found illegally with AK-47 and any other assault weapons remain in place.”

He added that, “There is no doubt that these equipment being handed over today will go a long way in boosting the morale of the police and further enhance their capacity to fight crime and combat criminality.”

He also made it known that, “This is even more touching in the light of the unwarranted violence that ensued in the wave of the #EndSARS protests last October which saw the security outfits of Lagos State being severely damaged. It is commendable that Lagos State, the centre of excellence, has shown a truly resilient image in the face of the massive destruction suffered last year October.”

Buhari stressed that “You did not allow yourselves to be deterred by the setback; instead you have bounced back and are now rebuilding the confidence of residents and investors in the state. I acknowledge the initiative taken to kick start the rebuilding process through the establishment of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund and through other notable efforts by the state. I enjoin other state governors to emulate your bold, proactive and resourceful initiatives.”

Buhari also expressed his commitment to police reforms and charged the Inspector General of Police to work towards security across the country.

Expressing his commitment to Police reforms, Buhari stated that, “The Federal Government takes very seriously our constitution of oath to secure the lives and properties of the Nigerian people. You are all aware of the fact that life and security are the necessary foundations for business and investment to thrive. This is why we have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate our commitment to consolidate police reform in Nigeria.”

He added that, “I commend the Inspector General of Police and the entire force for their recent efforts to restore peace to troubled parts of the country. I charge the IGP to leave no stone unturned in the rebuilding of the country, especially in light of the mindless violence associated with the End SARS protests and the recent burning of police station across the country.”

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