Days after Acting President Yemi Osinbajo summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to Aso Rock over the violence in Southern Kaduna area, a total deployment of 15, 285 policemen are now being put in place by the Nigeria Police Force.
According to reports, Osinbajo met with Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris towards the end of the week after the recent resurgence of violence in the area.
One presidency source said the acting president asked why despite the security measures put in place and with the level of attention given to the area, the recent resurgence of violence resulting in the deaths of 21 persons still occurred.
“Acting President Yemi Osinbajo summoned the IGP to the Presidential Villa to find out what the police was doing to arrest the situation and to also issue further directives on restoring law and order to the affected communities,” a source told Premium Times.
“The immediate outcome of the IGP’s meeting with the Acting President was the intensification and adoption of a set of additional security measures that would help contain the situation.
“Besides, deploying over 15000 cops to the area, eighteen Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and a unit of Belarus-trained police Special Forces, the police high command has now concluded arrangements for the establishment of a new Police Squadron in Kafanchan, Kaduna, as part of broad measures adopted to curb the violence.
“The police, in addition, have now increased helicopter surveillance in the entire area to prevent a recurrence of violence in the communities.”