Chris Steven, Abuja
Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on Thursday directed all commissioners of police to arrest of any group or individual attempting to destabilize the peace of the country.
The directive was fallout of an ultimatum issued on Tuesday by a coalition of Arewa youths in Kaduna ordering people of southeastern Nigeria to vacate the northern region on or before October 1, 2017.
Idris who spoke at a press conference in Abuja warned tribal groups against issuing threats to members of other groups and making hate speeches.
He said no group has the right to prevent anybody from residing in any part of the country.
The press conference followed a meeting with all the commissioners of police during which he read a riot act to them on crime prevention in the country.
He advised them to be alert and deal with any group or individuals that attempt to threaten the peace and unity of the country.
This website reports that Nasir el-Rufai on Wednesday ordered the arrest of those behind the three-month ‘quit notice’ given to Igbos to leave northern Nigeria.
This was as the federal government also free to reside in any part of their choice across the country, noting that it has the capacity to maintain law and order.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, had Wednesday evening in a statement said there is no reason for any Nigerian to feel unsafe anywhere in the country, warning that the government would not tolerate any threat to the unity, peace and security of the country under any guise.
”There is zero tolerance for actions and speeches capable of inciting one part of the country against another, and the security agencies are fully on the ground to deal decisively with any individual or group that engages in incendiary activities,” Mohammed said
He therefore advised all Nigerians, irrespective of where they reside, to go about their daily activities without fear.