IGP breaks silence on killings in Southern Kaduna, deploys intervention squad

Nigeria's Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

As part of efforts at restoring law and order in parts of Southern Kaduna affected by recent violence and other security challenges, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, Monday directed Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, to ensure full enforcement of a 24-hour curfew imposed by the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led state government.

The police chief equally tasked Kaduna State Police Command “to ensure optimal deployment of both human and material assets of the Intervention Squad currently on ground in the state to safeguard lives and property of people in the communities.”

Adamu directed that Muri must “personally coordinate the operations of the Intervention Squad in carrying out collective and holistic tasks of ensuring peace and safety in the communities.”

The Squad comprises: the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Special Forces, Detectives/Intelligence Operatives as well as personnel of Kaduna State Police Command, the military and other security agencies.

IGP commiserated with the people of Kaduna State, particularly those who have lost their loved ones and property as a result of the crises. He assured that the Force would do everything within its powers and means to ensure that peace is restored in the affected areas.

Adamu, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, also enjoined the people of Kaduna State to cooperate with the police, the military and other law enforcement agencies as they carry out the full enforcement of the curfew amongst other measures directed at ensuring their safety.

He, however, warned troublemakers in the state to desist forthwith from acts of violence and lawlessness.

By Idowu Sowunmi