President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector-General of police (IGP), Solomon Arase and security agencies to stop the killings by suspected herdsmen across the country.
Speaking for the first time after the herdsmen attack in Enugu State, on Monday, April 27, Buhari said that it has become necessary for his administration to prioritise ending the incessant attacks and killings perpetrated by the herdsmen.
The Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, made this known in series of tweets on Wednesday, April 27.
“Following continuing reports of attacks by ‘herdsmen’ on communities across the country, particularly Monday’s attack on Ukpabi Nimbo in Enugu State, President Muhammadu Buhari assures all Nigerians, once again, of his administration’s continued commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property in all parts of the country,” Shehu wrote on Twitter.
“President Buhari unreservedly condemns the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo on other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the federation.
“Acting on the president’s directive, the inspector-general of police and heads of the nation’s other security agencies are already taking urgent steps to fully investigate the attacks, apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
“Ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons is now a priority on the Buhari administration’s agenda for enhanced national security and the armed forces and police have clear instructions to take all necessary action to stop the carnage.
“In keeping with the president’s directive, the inspector-general of police, the general officer commanding the 82nd division of the Nigeria army and the director of the Department of State Security in Enugu state have, visited Ukpabi Nimbo to personally oversee investigations into the attack on the community and ongoing efforts to apprehend the culprits.”