nigerian-police-force-360x242The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim K. Idris has ordered all Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands, Assistant Inspectors General of Police and other Police Formations nationwide to be on red-alert with effect from yesterday, November 21 against Boko Haram insurgents that had recently launched attacks on soft targets.
Such targets including
Mosques, Churches, markets, schools, motor parks, farm lands, settlements, villages, towns and cities in the Northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
The police officers were ordered to also quell the recent attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara State and other vulnerable states in the country.
The IGP also asked the officers to provide adequate security for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps and liberated areas in the states that are affected.
The Police boss said that while the ongoing Joint Operations between the Police and other Security agencies in the States of the Northeast 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, Attack and Sniffer Dogs Section have been made to the States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
He said that this would bring new impetus to the fight against insurgency, expressing sympathy to the Government and People of Adamawa and Zamfara States over the recent killings in a Mosque in Mubi and attack in Numan local government area, as well as Shinkafi and Maradun local government areas.
“The Force also wishes to implore the people in the affected States to be vigilant and more security conscious most 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.
“Furthermore, the Commissioners of Police in the affected States have been redirected by the Inspector General of Police to make additional posting of Joint Police Team to patrol mosques and churches and other vulnerable locations on Twenty Four (24) hours bases 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 mentioned States.”
A statement by the Force Headquarters spokesman, Jimoh Moshood said that a new Commissioner of Police who was previously Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations has been redeployed to Zamfara State and has since resumed duty.
He said that Police Personnel comprising 20-Units of Police Mobile Force, 10-Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, and Special Police Forces and two Thousand (2000) conventional Police Personnel in compliance with the Presidential directive have equally been posted to the State.
The statement said that the new Commissioner of Police has been mandated by the Inspector General of Police 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 Maradin Local Government Areas of the State and restore lasting peace, security and normalcy to the state.   [myad]