FG okays new security measures for south-east, south-south, to no longer disclose tactics



The federal government has approved new measures to tackle the growing insecurity in the south-east and south-south.


The measures were approved on Tuesday during President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with security heads at the presidential villa.


A decision was also taken not to further publicise security measures in the country, according to Usman Baba, inspector-general of the police (IGP), who briefed journalists.


Babagana Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), said the meeting stressed the need to quickly address the nation’s security challenges in recent months.


The step comes less than a week after the IGP redeployed senior officers in the two regions as a measure to help restore peace.


The security threats in the country have failed to abate, with daily attacks and deaths recorded in different states.


In the north, residents remain at the mercy of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits while security agencies and government facilities are increasingly becoming targets of attacks by gunmen in the south.

On Sunday, Akwa Ibom recorded a second attack on a police station in 48 hours, during which two officers were reportedly killed and vehicles razed.


At least four other police stations suffered similar attacks over the weekend, particularly in the southern region of the country.


Two police stations and a security checkpoint were invaded by gunmen on Saturday in Rivers state, leading to the death of seven officers, while in Abia, the police station in Ubani area was attacked on Sunday.


There is no confirmed cause of the attacks yet, but TheCable found out that killings in the south-east tripled after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) launched a security arm — the group denies any wrongdoing.


The house of representatives had recommended key steps to address the challenge, including a declaration of a state of emergency in the security sector, employment of more security personnel and the audit of military assets.

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