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Buhari Hails Effort Against IPOB, Oil Theft, Illicit Drugs

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed the efforts of his administration toward ridding the country of insecurity.

In his Eid-el-Fitr message t Muslims, Buhari announced that he has ordered the establishment of a Naval Base in Oguta, Imo State, among other interventions to strengthen the security of lives, property and critical national infrastructure in the South-East region.

This is as he revealed the success recently achieved against the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

He said, “The administration is equally getting impressive reports of the special operations to curb crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering in the South-South, with millions of illegally refined products being impounded and illegal refineries destroyed.

“While we are making progress cleaning the environment, some evil people are busy causing more pollution and destruction.

“In response to the disturbing rise in criminal attacks targeting law enforcement and public facilities in the South East, concerted military operations to rid the region of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) elements have, in recent weeks, led to the overrunning of IPOB/ESN bases, the seizure of weapons and the arrest of a large number of suspects.

“I have recently approved the establishment of a Naval Base in Oguta, Imo State, among other interventions to strengthen the security of lives, property and critical national infrastructure in the region.”

 

Buhari hailed the war against illicit drugs, saying recent achievement has set a record for the country.

He said, “The reinvigoration of the war against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking is also showing positive results as shown by the arrest of over 12, 300 offenders including seven drug barons; the conviction of 1,400, counselling and rehabilitation of about 8,000 drug users.

“The seizure of over 3.4 million kilograms of drugs and cash worth over N130 billion, all in 2021 has been recorded while the first Quarter of this year has seen the arrest of no fewer than 3,536 offenders including security personnel and a well-known billionaire drug baron.

“The seizure of more than 65,000 tons of assorted drugs in this period sets a record for the nation.

“On every front, we are working hard to secure our nation. I expect increased coordination and cooperation among security agencies; the silo approach among the agencies must come to an end.

“On my part, I will continue to ensure that there is no shortage of funds to provide security for the citizens of Nigeria.”

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