The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alkali Usman has said that the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) created a vacuum which is challenging efforts by the Police to tackle insecurity in the country from a position of strength.
The acting IGP stated this on Thursday, May 27, at a presidential briefing; organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the statehouse in Abuja.
According to him, the aftermath of the EndSARS protest equally dampened the morale of the officers of the force.
The IGP also indicated that the police have recorded successes against secessionist groups; as well as criminals in the southeast.
He noted that prosecution to ensure justice is served has remained a major challenge; because of the ongoing strike by judiciary workers.
On the recruitment plan involving 10,000 new police personnel into the force; he disclosed that the process has reached nearly 70 percent completion; assuring that the exercise would continue to employ the Federal Character principle.
Meanwhile, the Imo State government on Thursday, May 27, urged residents of the state to ignore a sit-at-home order; by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on May 29 and May 30.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy of the state, Mr Declan Emelumba, said this; while briefing newsmen in Owerri on Thursday.
Emelumba urged residents of Imo state to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation; adding that adequate security arrangements had been put in place to ensure safety and freedom of movement.
“Imo residents should disregard these messages as they have no consequence whatsoever. They should go about their normal businesses without any fear of molestation.
“Let our people be rest assured that the government has put all necessary security measures in place; to ensure the safety and freedom of movement of all Imo people on these dates and after,” he said.