For the first time in three years, despite several petitions and out cries trailing the Nigeria Police over alleged wanton killings by rank and file of the force and the inability of the police to nip in the bud the activities of perpetrators of evil, President Muhammadu, has warned the Inspector General of police, Idris Ibrahim, to caution his officers adding that he is closely monitoring the Nigeria Police Force as violence rises in the country.
Buhari made the remarks during a condolence visit to Kaduna State.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President expressed sadness over the loss of lives and property in Kasuwan Magani and around Kaduna metropolis.
He said, “If in the past, they (perpetrators of violence) got away scot-free, we shall now hold everyone to account for these latest killings.
“It is unacceptable that criminal elements can visit on citizens the wanton killings recorded in the Kasuwan Magani incident of October 18, 2018 and the unrest around Kaduna metropolis a few days later. This must stop.”
The President also asked the force to remain vigilant, in securing communities and diligent in prosecuting criminal offences.
“The Nigerian Police are in the frontline of securing communities. For the judiciary, unless the investigations are credible and rapidly done, there is nothing they can do.
“From now on, the Nigeria police, you better watch it, I am going to watch you closely,” the President said, indirectly referring the Head of the force.
Buhari gave the warning and said he would not fold his arms and allow those responsible for the recent killings in parts of Kaduna State to go unpunished.
The President also appealed to community leaders including ward heads, village heads and traditional rulers to be closer to their people, urging them not to shield those planning to wreak havoc on the community from law enforcement agencies.
He commiserated with the government and people of Kaduna State, and families who lost loved ones in the incidents.