Minister tasks police to protect vulnerable places from terror attacks


Lai Mohamed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has appealed to the police to provide more security for vulnerable places across the country in order to prevent attacks on such places by Boko Haram insurgents.
The Minister made the appeal when he paid a courtesy visit to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, in his office in Abuja on Tuesday.
”As we have told Nigerians on many occasions, our military has decimated Boko Haram and uprooted them from the territories they once controlled. What the terrorists are now engaged in are attacks on soft targets, by which I mean highly-vulnerable places like markets, motor parks, as well as worship and entertainment centres, etc.
”Herein lies the important task of the police, the body statutorily given the role of maintaining law and order. The police, leveraging its large network, its investigative capacity and the fact that its personnel reside largely among the people, are now required to step in to protect these vulnerable places. This they can do by working with transport workers, market women, local government councils and police public community relations councils, faith-based organizations, community development councils and other necessary stakeholders,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed specifically urged the police to provide 24-hour, cost-free protection for the premises of broadcasting establishments.
”May I also use the opportunity of this visit to formally convey to the Inspector-General the message from the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON), when I met with their members last week in Abuja. They asked me to implore the Inspector-General to provide 24-hour police protection, at no extra cost, for the premises of their organizations. I am hereby presenting and endorsing their demand,” he said.
The Minister hinged his endorsement of the request by the BON members on the fact that they have agreed to partner with the Federal Government in …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper