- The Nigeria police is gearing up to set up an Explosive Ordinance training school in Borno state
- The move is geared towards curbing indiscriminate Improvised Explosive Device attacks by Boko Haram insurgents
- Work has already started on the project
The Nigeria Police Force would set up an Explosive Ordinance (EOD) training school in Borno to check indiscriminate Improvised Explosive Device attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the state.
Inspector General of Police Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotum-Idris made this known on Thursday, March 22, during an interactive session with officers and men of the Borno state police command in Maiduguri.
Idris said that the school would be sited in Maiduguri, adding that work had already stated on the project which is currently at an advanced stage. “We have deployed additional unit and sniffer dogs to Maiduguri to guard against suici*e bomb attacks and to ensure enhance security,” he said.
He disclosed that the police had also embarked on the rehabilitation of the Mobile Police Force training school, Gwoza.
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The IG assured that outstanding allowances would be paid to officers and men engaged in special assignments, as soon as the 2018 budget is passed. He also reiterated the commitment of the police high command towards providing modern equipment to officers and men of the force as well improve their welfare.
While commending the officers and men of the command for their commitment and outstanding performance, Idris urged them to sustain the tempo.
He also commended Governor Kashim Shettima, and the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai for their numerous support to the police, noting that such support contributed towards the success of the police operations in the state.
Also, speaking the Borno Commissioner of Police, Mr Damian Chukwu, commended the IG for the visit as well as his numerous support in terms of equipment supply to the command.
Chukwu listed some of the equipment supplied to the command to include five Armoured Personnel Carriers, three Armoured Personnel Vehicles, sniffer dogs among others. He disclosed that the command had deployed 500 policemen to the counter-insurgency operation, adding that more personnel were deployed to liberated communities as part of stabilisation and peace restoration process.
He added that the command had also adopted effective measures to curtail suici*e bombing, cattle rustling, drug abuse and gender base violence, as well as cases of assault. The commissioner also said the command was working in collaboration with the military and other security agencies to protect lives and property in the state.
The IGP is billed to visit Gwoza, Uba as well as some communities liberated form the Boko Haram terrorist group during his visit to the state.
Meanwhile, the Benue police command has debunked an online newspaper report that suggested special forces have been withdrawn from the theatre of operation in the state.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, February 25, the commissioner of police in the state, Fatai Owoseni, described the report as false.
He said, rather, the Inspector General of Police has continued to reinforce the command with personnel and material resources as it becomes operationally expedient.
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