The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed additional 2,000 policemen from the Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism Unit and the Sniffer Dog Section to join forces with the military to combat Boko Haram in the North-East.
According to PUNCH: The police stated that the deployment was in accordance with Section 4 of the Police Act and Regulations.
Spokesman for the police, Moshood Jimoh, in a statement on Sunday, said the force had 47 PMF units in Borno State, with a total 2,961 officers aside from the latest deployment.
The statement added the force had 1,638 riot policemen in Yobe State, with 1,134 in Adamawa State.
The statement read, “The Counter-Terrorism Unit of the force has deployed 1,250 specially trained CTU personnel; the Anti-bomb Squad has about 300 policemen while over 100 sniffer dogs are working with the military in the fight against insurgency in the North-East.”
“It is of significant note that the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Personnel, Counter Terrorism Units (CTU), Anti-Bomb Squad (EOD), Sniffer Dog Sections, the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and conventional Police personnel have been fighting along with the Military in the front line against Boko Haram insurgency and also providing security for restoration of law and order in the North East, security for all the liberated towns and villages in the North-East, escort of Foreign and Local Humanitarian workers and relief materials, protection of IDP camps and security of public and private infrastructures.
“The Police Air-wing Surveillance Helicopters and crews are also deployed to support most of the operations of Operation Lafiya Dole throughout the North East in the fight against insurgency in the North East.”
The statement said the police had been providing security in liberated communities and protecting Internally Displaced Persons as well as local and foreign aid workers.