Spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Don Awunah, on Wednesday said the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, did not lead a ‘high powered delegation’ to London to see President Mohammadu Buhari, as reported by some media, but that the IGP went on an official visit on the invitation of SO15, the London Metropolitan Police Service.
Awunah, in a statement noted that, the visit of IGP to London, while the President is on vacation, is merely coincidental.
According to him, “Indeed, the present visit to the United Kingdom by the IGP will not be the first time the nation’s top security chief will be consolidating on pre-existing protocols and collaborations with other countries across the world, in the quest for a more secure Nigeria and by extension, a safer world.”
Awunah further added that, the SO15 is part of the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command that works for the protection of London and the United Kingdom, against threats of terrorism; hinting that the IGP’s visit is part of the gains of the International donor platform established by the IGP to empower Police personnel in modern techniques of fighting organized crimes.
“Although terrorism is being rapidly degraded in Nigeria, owing to the steadfastness of the Nigerian security system, there are collateral challenges confronting the nation such as kidnap for ransom, ethnic clashes and politically motivated murder. The visit will discuss areas of provision of working tools and capacity building.”
Don Awunah, nevertheless, called on the media to always crosscheck their facts and report objectively, as the Force would continue to partner with them in the attainment of National Security Goals.
Meanwhile, President Mohammadu Buhari is currently in London for a 10-day vacation, during which he said he would do a medical check-up; but there are a lot of fake news on the social media that the president is dead.