The Nigeria Police Force has unveiled the first Nigeria police youth ambassador of the Nigeria police, Mavin music artist, Korede Bello to help champion the message of peace to the youths across the nation.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase said the event is influenced by the established fact that any nation that neglects the import of its youths, calls for an increase in crime and criminality in the country.
He further explained that looking at the formation and execution of crime in Nigeria, one would readily assume that crime generally emanated from the youths and this was the reason for the idea of the event.
He however, charged Bello to spread security awareness and sensitization across the country, schools and universities in crime prevention and fight against criminal tendencies in the country.
In his acceptance speech, Bello pledged to use his talent and personality in promoting and creating awareness among the youths for the police force.
Meanwhile, the IGP has issued a stern warning to the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) activists to stop threatening public peace or face the full weight of the law.
The warning, according to the IGP, followed the observation by the Nigeria Police Force leadership of the increasing resort to acts of brigandage by sets of misguided individuals who apparently are hiding under the cloak of MASSOB and IPOB to threaten national security and public peace in parts of South East geopolitical Zone and some other conterminous States.
The Inspector-General of Police notes that the increasing resort to acts of brigandage of this nature is pointing to a clear attempt by the brains behind these protests to test the will of security agencies to restore order and guarantee internal cohesion.
For the avoidance of doubts, the IGP further notes, the restoration and maintenance of law and public order, and protection of lives and property remain sacred and statutory Mandate of the Nigeria Police and this Mandate, according to him, shall be fully executed in the overriding interests of the nation and vast majority of citizens and residents of the South East geopolitical Zone.
The Inspector-General of Police has also directed the mobilisation and deployment of Police Mobile Force (PMF) across the country to reinforce security in the State Commands that MASSOB and IPOB are currently attempting to utilise as launching pad for their sinister intentions.
The Assistant Inspectors – General of Police Zone 5, (Benin); Zone 6, (Calabar) and Zone 9 (Umuahia) as well as all Commissioners of Police in the affected States in the South East and neigbouring States have also been directed to henceforth maximally exercise their statutory Mandate in relation to prevention and disruption of any gathering that threatens public order and national cohesion.