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IPOB Saga: "There Is No Tension In Nigeria" – Police Boss

With two weeks to independence anniversary, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday maintained that there is no tension in the country.

But he said efforts are on to quell the little disturbances in the South East.
He said “I don’t think there is tension in the country. Which country? This Nigeria? No. Nigeria does not have any tension. At least you are in Abuja you have gone around there is no tension.”

He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

On the South East, he said, “Obviously one is to deploy policemen across the country, two we are in touch with the states government, trying to mobilize the political leadership to be able to intervene where necessary on how to lessen the tension in the South East."

He disagreed with the allegations by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike claiming that most crimes committed in Rivers State was committed by members Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Reacting to the allegation, he said “He has right to self expression. You know he is a governor.”

Asked if he was not denying the the claim, he said “Of course I have to deny that, that is nonsense. I have to deny that.”

On the picture of policemen displayed to support the governor’s claim, he said “If a policeman was killed will you say he was involved in crime? I think you are mixing two different issues.

“A policeman was killed in Rivers in connection with this IPOB issue, its different from saying the policemen are involved in crime. You cannot say someone that was attacked and killed is the one involved in crime. Who is the person they were attempting to kidnap?”