President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Lagos said his ‘shoot at sight order’ to the security agents on any person or persons carrying AK-47 rifle and other assault weapons still stands.
He also sounded the warning that he will not fail to act firmly and decisively ‘‘against any and all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on our Police Force and other security personnel.’’
Speaking at the handing over ceremony of security equipment procured by the of Lagos State government to the Lagos State Police Command during his one-day official visit to the state, condemned attacks on security men and security facilities.
According to him: “Any nation that turns its police personnel and infrastructure into targets of violence and destruction is a nation on the path of self-destruction.’’
He continued: ‘‘As Commander-in-Chief, my primary responsibility remains the security of the country and the safety of all citizens. Despite the many challenges we are facing, I want Nigerians to rest assured that we will secure this country.
‘‘We will secure our infrastructure, our highways, our communities, and our forests, and we will secure the lives of our people. We are going to ensure that welfare and capacity of our police officers are improved.
‘‘First let me commend the Inspector-General of Police and the entire Force for the recent efforts to restore peace to troubled parts of the country. I have charged the Inspector-General to leave no stone unturned in rebuilding the morale of his officers and men, especially in the aftermath of the mindless violence associated with the #EndSARS protests, as well as the recent spate of attacks on police stations in some parts of the country.”
Buhari also commended the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on the newly-acquired security equipment and assets.
He expressed the confidence that the equipment would afford the police the required competence and boost their morale to fight crimes.
He said: ‘‘This is even more touching in the light of the unwarranted violence that ensued in the wake of the #ENDSARS protests last October, which saw the security architecture in Lagos State being severely damaged.
“It is commendable that Lagos State, the Centre of Excellence, has shown a truly resilient spirit, in the face of the massive destruction it suffered last October.
‘‘You did not allow yourselves to be deterred by the severe setback; instead you have bounced back and are now boldly rebuilding the confidence of residents and investors in the State.
‘‘I acknowledge the initiative taken to kick-start the rebuilding process, through the establishment of the Lagos State Rebuild Trust Fund, and through this very laudable effort by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund. I enjoin other State Governments to emulate your bold, proactive and resourceful initiative.
‘‘Federal Government takes very seriously our constitutional oath to secure the lives and properties of the Nigerian people. We are conscious of the fact that lasting security is a necessary foundation for business, investment and true prosperity.
“No Federal Government since 1999 has been as committed as our administration in reforming and repositioning the Nigeria Police Force and national policing architecture.
‘‘In 2019, I signed into law the Act establishing the Nigeria Police Trust Fund, the first in the history of the Force, to provide guaranteed funding to support Police welfare, logistics and equipment. In September 2020, I assented to the Bill amending the Nigeria Police Act, which was originally enacted in 1943.”