The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, has asked the Police to occupy and protect liberated territories in Nigeria’s northeast.
The Minister made the statement on Tuesday during a working visit to the
Police Headquarters in Abuja, the oil-rich nation’s capital.
He appealed to the Police High Command to make use of its large network and investigative capacity to protect soft targets being attacked by Boko Haram terrorists.
Mr Mohammed emphasised that it was important for Nigerians to support the war against terrorism, saying it was not a war meant for security agencies alone.
He stressed the need for effective collaboration to wipe out the decimated Boko Haram militants.
Responding to the Minister’s call, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, assured Mr Mohammed that the Police would cooperate with the Ministry of Information and Culture.
He said the synergy between the Police and other stakeholders was expedient in view of the current national security challenges.
Mr Arase also pledged to enthrone a technology and intelligence-led policing to enable residents in the northeast sleep with their two eyes closed.
Boko Haram has carried out series of attacks in the northeast, taking hold of some communities which they later lost to the military that had intensified counter-terrorism operations in the region.
They are attempting to establish an Islamic State and end Western education in the region.
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