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Police Says IGP Idris in London for Meeting with Metropolitan Police as FG Restates that President Buhari is “Hale and Hearty”

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The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday said that contrary to some reports, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris’ visit to London was to interface with the London Metropolitan Police Service.

A statement issued by the Force spokesman, DCP Don Awunah, said that the visit was at the instance of the metropolitan police.

He said that the visit was part of the gains of the International donor platform established by the I-G on assumption of office to empower Police personnel in modern techniques of fighting organised crimes.

Awunah explained that the visit would discuss areas of provision of working tools and capacity building for the Nigeria Police Force .

He noted that although terrorism was being rapidly degraded, there were collateral challenges confronting the nation such as kidnap for ransom, ethnic clashes and politically motivated murder.

The spokesman said that some sections of the Nigerian online and print media were disseminating invented and incorrect stories about the I-G’s visit.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the I-G did not lead ‘a high powered delegation’ to visit President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on vacation in London. The visit of IGP to London while the President is on vacation is merely coincidental,” he said.

He said the visit by the I-G would not be the first time the nation’s top security chief would be consolidating on pre-existing protocols and collaborations.

Awunah enjoined the media to always crosscheck their facts rather than hide under the convenient guise of “unconfirmed sources” to peddle mischief and mislead the public.

He said the Nigeria Police Force would continue to partner with the media in the attainment of National Security Goals.

A statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, also said there is no iota of truth in the messages being circulated on the health of the President, who is hale and hearty, and the purported emergency meetings of the State Governors in Abuja or anywhere.

He said the naysayers have also resorted to the use of ethnicity and religion as tools to divide Nigerians, overheat the polity and cause panic among the citizenry, in addition to using fake news and disinformation to distort government activities.

Mohammed said while opposition and criticism are all part of democracy, the crafting and circulation of subversive materials and  scare-mongering are not, hence the full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on those who are bent on subverting the state.

“The source/sources of the fabricated messages are already being investigated and the authors should prepare to face the consequences of their actions.

The emerging trend of resorting to destabilisation and scare-mongering is not unexpected, considering this government’s clamp-down on the corrupt elements in the society, the plugging of all  financial leaks which has derailed the gravy train of the looters of public treasury and the enthronement of probity and transparency in the polity.

While we will neither stifle press freedom nor abridge the citizens’ right to express themselves freely, whether through criticism or protests, the security agencies will neither allow any resort to violence nor a willful subversion of the state for whatever reason,” he warned.

8 Comments

  1. tunmi

    January 25, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    We can certainly benefit from learning what other countries did, how they did it, and what they did wrong. Let us continue watching

  2. Anon

    January 25, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Using lies to cover up lies. Keep on lying.

    ? Lol at this Pinocchio emoji!

  3. NG

    January 25, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    As in, even us commenters follow chop money too that is why we are commenting shebi? I no blame you. Na your brothers manage confuse Naija people and hoodwink them into believing your arrant nonsense say na only Jona people chop money for government. That’s why you have that talking point. Anyhow, it is now becoming like an empty barrel- noisily hollow

  4. Yahoo

    January 25, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    That man is sick, confirmed!

  5. nene

    January 26, 2017 at 12:32 am

    i believe buhari must be in ICU. the decision now is to whether to take him off life support or not, and i think there might be a crisis as they might not want osibanjo to take over.

  6. Moha...

    January 26, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Why don’t you go and unplug him from the ICU so that you’ll be in peace. Shame on you Nene..

  7. LEM

    January 26, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Deja vu anyone? This was how in 2010 Yaradua was being proclaimed as ‘hale and hearty’ Even Oyedepo or was it Adeboye also went to see him to confirm his ‘healthy status’ please we need the truth ooo…..

  8. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    January 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Mr. Lai Mohammed why don’t you just stick to your job as government spindarella and leave the legal aspects to the Lawyers. No amount of scare mongering tactics will make us Nigerians stop asking about the health of our President Mohamodu Buhari. Secondly, I had personally caught your Ministry in a lie twice last year and written about it. I don’t see any type of retraction of such stories from your Ministry. “Why don’t you practice what you preach”? Don’t you think “What is good for the geese is also good for the ganders”. Because someone printed a false story about the health of their President. Is not a license for the governmentto call in the troops and start making unnecessary arrests. This is not 1985 when your boss got away with all sorts of atrocities. This time arround Nigerians will fight back like never before. I want you and your boss to always remember that.. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

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