Boko Haram: IGP Deploys 2,000 Police Personnel To North East

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.

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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.


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