Atiku visits Babangida, seeks immediate reform of Police

By Ummi Ismaeel,

Nigeria’s former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has visited the former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), in Minna, the Niger State capital.

Atiku, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general election, on arrival at the Minna Airport, was received by the former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, along with some party faithful, on what he called a “private visit”.

Atiku was thereafter escorted to the IBB hill top residence by former Governor Babangida Aliyu and the trio went into a meeting behind closed door which lasted for over an hour.

Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar has added his voice to that of other well meaning Nigerians calling for a reform of the Nigerian Police Force.

He said that the Nigerian Police were now working in contrast with the needs and aspirations of Nigerians.

According to him, the Nigerian Police which by their mandate were among others; expected to protect law-abiding Nigerians were now turning their frustrations on innocent Nigerians they were paid to protect.

He lamented: “The Police no longer operate based on their mandate of securing the country and its citizens. It is very unfortunate that men and officers of the Nigerian Police Force trained to protect Nigerians have now turned their guns against unarmed citizens”.

Atiku said that he had earlier issued a press statement to express his position on the call for the banning of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) for going against its operational guideline, adding that the eventual banning of the unit by IGP Mohammed Adamu is in order.

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