NSCDC Deploys 2,000 Men To Protect Buhari Arrival In Jigawa

NSCDC Deploys 2,000 Men To Protect Buhari Arrival In Jigawa

• Operatives overwhelmed on killings, declares PFN

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigerian Army and Police Force, President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Jigawa State today will be secured by an additional 2,000 personnel drafted from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

2,000-strong force to further beef up the security of the visiting president, leaving those states exposed in the short term. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has been quoted as saying: “ Currently, the Nigeria Police Force is operating at a ratio of one to 600, which is far below the approved United Nations ratio.”

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According to him, the country would need an additional 155,000 police officers within the next couple of years to meet the UN ratio of 1,400 persons.

“The Jigawa State command has fully prepared towards the two- day visit of the President. It is deploying about 2,000 special tactical operational squad and intelligence officers drawn from the state command and neighbouring formations in Kano and Bauchi States to assist in the provision of security,” said NSCDC spokesman in the state, Adamu Shehu.

He explained that the personnel would be stationed strategically in the places Buhari would visit. Officers would be deployed all over the state for intelligence gathering and reporting,to complement other security agencies, he said.

Urging members of the public to report any suspicious activity to the nearest security formation, Shehu added: “ This will give the command an edge in understanding and converting threats where possible. It is on this note that the command enjoins the general public to cooperate with the officers to ensure a smooth and safe stay of the president . ”

Meanwhile, President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Felix Omobude, has called on government to end the spate of killings in the country, saying:“ PFN holds the current administration to its campaign promises of change for the better. We call on the president and his government and the ruling party to take a look at the promises made to Nigerians and make every effort to fulfill them. ”

Omobude said the security challenges in the nation require urgent and proactive solutions. According to him , restructuring is not out of place, “if it will give us a safer, equitable and just society.” He also blamed the insurgency in the northeast on lack of formal education. “Education is the easiest way of developing the mind and the society . The insurgency is as a result of the neglect of education , especially in that region over a long time. I believe government should pay more attention to the education of the Nigerian child, no matter where they are. Government has made some efforts, but it should improve on the security situation and encourage parents to send their children to school” he said .

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