President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said he is not in support or criminality while reacting to the discovery of child theft and fake correctional centres by in Kaduna and Kano states.
The President, who admonished the police to sustain the good efforts across the country, said kidnappings were human rights abuses by individuals and criminal groups.
President Buhari stated this in a statement by his Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu.
The statement reads, “Reacting to the incidents and arrests, President Buhari notes that such arrests is in line with his commitment to human rights and dignity of the citizens regardless of their age, religion and ethnicity.
“President Buhari will not support criminality under any guise, including the abduction of children and selling them off illegally. On torture chambers, in this day and age, no responsible democratic government would tolerate the existence of the torture chambers and physical abuses of inmates in the name of rehabilitation of the victims.
“The President, therefore, lauds the efforts of the police in exposing these human rights abuses by individuals and criminal groups and is optimistic that these efforts will be sustained to check illegal activities of this nature.
“The President appeals to members of the general public to remain vigilant and assist security agencies in crime prevention and control by reporting the existence of criminal activities around their communities.
“The sharing of human intelligence is everybody’s responsibility in order to make our society safe and this government is ever committed to supporting the police to be more effective in the performance of its duties through proper funding and motivation of its personnel.”
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