“I don’t think there is tension in the country” – IGP Idris


The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris Thursday, said that there is no tension in the country – and there are efforts are on to quell the little tension in the Southeast.

He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said, “I don’t think there is tension in the country. Which country? This Nigeria? No. Nigeria does not have any tension. At least you are in Abuja you have gone around there is no tension.”

On the Southeast, he said, “Obviously one is to deploy policemen across the country, two we are in touch with the states government, trying to mobilise the political leadership to be able to intervene where necessary on how to lessen the tension in the Southeast.

He disagreed with the allegations by the governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike who claimed that most crimes committed in the State was committed by members of the Police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

“He has right to self expression. You know he is a governor,” he said.

Asked if he was not denying the claim, he said “Of course I have to deny that, that is nonsense. I have to deny that.”

On the picture of policemen displayed to support the governor’s claim, he said, “If a policeman was killed will you say he was involved in crime? I think you are mixing two different issues.

“A policeman was killed in Rivers in connection with this IPOB issue, its different from saying the policemen are involved in crime. You cannot say someone that was attacked and killed is the one involved in crime.

“Who is the person they were attempting to kidnap?” he queried

On the purpose of his visit to the Villa, he said, “The highlight of the meeting with Vice President is to obviously ensure that our provision of security in the country is intact.”

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