By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has ordered all commissioners of Police in charge of state commands and their supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police and other Police formations nationwide to be on red-alert with effect from November 21, 2017.
The directive, according to the IGP, is to nip in the bud and prevent the spread of the renewed Boko Haram attacks on soft targets such as Mosques, Churches, markets, schools, motor parks, farm lands, settlements, villages, towns and cities in the North East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as well as contain other criminal activities all over the country.
The IGP also ordered the Police Joint Team to pay particular attention to the security of IDPs camps and liberated areas in the mentioned states, with a view to quelling the recent attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara State and other vulnerable states in the country.
The commissioners of Police in the affected States have also been directed by the Inspector General of Police to make additional postings of Joint Police Team to patrol mosques and churches and other vulnerable locations on 24 hours basis to ensure that no such attack occur again.
The area commanders, divisional police officers (DPOs) and other commanding officers in the area commands, divisions in the towns and villages are under strict instructions to work with the people in the localities and sustain Police visibility patrols in the aforementioned states.
Meanwhile, a new commissioner of Police who was previously commissioner of Police, Federal Operations, has been redeployed to Zamfara State and has since resumed duty.
Additional Police personnel comprising 20-Units of Police Mobile Force, 10-Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, and Special Police Forces and 2000 conventional Police Personnel in compliance with the presidential directive have equally been posted to the state.
The new commissioner of Police has been mandated by the IGP to re-gird the security architecture of the State and quell the recent attacks by armed bandits on villagers and other innocent Nigerians at Shinkafi and Maradun local government areas of the state and restore lasting peace, security and normalcy to the state.
Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood, who announced these measures being put in place also revealed that, while the ongoing joint operations between the Police and other security agencies in the states of the Northeast of the country is being sustained, additional deployment of Police personnel from Police Mobile Force (PMF), the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD), Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID) Personnel, as well as Attack and Sniffer Dogs Section have been deployed to the States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to bring new impetus to the fight against insurgency by the Nigeria Police Force in the affected states.
While commiserating with the government and people of Adamawa and Zamfara States over the recent killings in a mosque in Mubi and another attack in Numan, Shinkafi and Maradun local government areas respectively, Moshood said the Force also implored the people in the affected states to be vigilant and more security conscious, especially during periods of worship.
“A significant number of worshippers should be assigned and rotated to screen and watch over the praying venues to complement Police personnel deployed to protect them. They are to promptly report suspicious acts or persons to the nearest Police detachment or station to avert untoward incidents”, the Force PRO noted.
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