The Nigeria Police have denied media report that at least 167 or 190 policemen being mobilised for the war against Boko Haram have fled for their lives.
Reacting to the report in a chat with LEADERSHIP yesterday, Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood said the report is a lie as no one escaped from the training camp.
He said, “ The report is a lie and there is no iota of truth in it. Do you know that we have police in Maiduguri? How come they have not escaped? The report is not true.”
The Force PRO further noted that “the Force wishes to categorically state that the story is untrue, absolute falsehood and a deliberate attempt to cast aspersions on the efforts of the Nigeria Police Force in the ongoing fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.”
He said, “The insinuation in some quarters and as reported in the story that 167 out the 2000 additional police officers recently deployed by the IGP absconded is not correct and should be disregarded by members of the public. These 2000 police personnel are to complement the efforts of the military to add new impetus to the fight against the decimated Boko Haram insurgency.
“This story was investigated and it was found out not to be correct, there is no reason whatsoever that police personnel deployed for the operations in the North East would abscond. The Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel have been engaged actively in the front line along with the military in the fight against Boko Haram terrorist group since the inception of the insurgency.
“ These 2000 police officers recently deployed are in addition to several thousands of police personnel already engaged in the fight against insurgency with the military in the North East. The list of 167 names attached to the story is fake as the officers mentioned are on ground in the North East.”
He assured that the 2000 police personnel deployed are in high spirit in the operation, adding that the Force sees the story as a deliberate attempt to promote insurgency and dampen the morale of officers and men of the police and other services who on daily basis lay down their lives to protect Nigeria and ensure security of all citizenry.
An online report had stated that worried by the development, the Force Headquarters, Abuja, ordered for the arrest and prosecution of the officers.
It also quoted a security source familiar with the matter as saying that the said officers were to be sent to battle without appropriate training, and also observed that nearly all of them are southerners and Christians.
“Those are the names of policemen who were mobilised without any serious training to be sent to the front lines to fight Boko Haram who ran away,” said the source.
“Nearly all of them are southerners and Christians; 96% of the total number mobilised are southerners and Christians too. This has raised so much dust and outcry in the NPF.”
The report also noted that the 190 officers may have been intended to be part of the group of 2,000, which the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, deployed to the North East late last month to fight Boko Haram.
Announcing the deployment, Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, had said the policemen comprised personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter Terrorism Units (CTU), as well as those of the Force and the Sniffer Dog Sections.
Moshood also stated that the new deployment was consistent with Section 4 of the Police Act and Regulations.
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