Most of the difficulties the Nigeria Police Force find themselves in today are fallout of neglect meted on them during the military dictatorships where preference was given to the army at the expensive of policing for fear of not being overthrown by the police force who has always have the highest number of personnel due to the nature of its functions.
The Nigeria Police authorities has released a press statement indicating its deployment of 2000 strong personnel to help in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists at Borno State which have continue to overwhelm the Nigerian Army.
This will be a golden opportunity for the Nigeria Police Force to stamp their authority on its ability to face up to task of this magnitude and win their glory back in the face of the inadequate military prosecution of the war against terror in the North East of Nigeria.
The statement which was released December 2, 2018 was titled “IGP DEPLOYS TWO THOUSAND (2000) POLICE MOBILE FORCE (PMF) PERSONNEL AND COUNTER TERRORISM UNITS (CTU) AND SNIFFER DOG SECTIONS FOR PURELY MILITARY DUTIES IN THE NORTH EAST TO DEFEAT BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY” and was as follows.
“The Inspector General of Police has deployed additional Two Thousand (2000) Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter Terrorism Units (CTU) Personnel of the Force and the Sniffer Dog Sections to the North East in the last few days for purely Military Duties to fight Boko Haram insurgency under the Operation Lafiya Dole.
“This new deployment is consistent with Section 4 of the Police Act and Regulations which specifies the general duties of the Nigeria Police Force as follows: The police shall be employed for the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property and the due enforcement of all laws and regulations with which they are directly charged, and shall perform such military duties within or outside Nigeria as may be required of them by or under the authority of this or any other Act.
“The deployment is also to support the strength of the Military to defeat the Boko Haram Insurgency.
“Before now, the Nigeria Police Force has on ground Forty-Seven (47) PMF Units (63 X 47 = 2961) in Borno State in addition to the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron in Borno State.
“Twenty-Six (26) Units (63 X 26 = 1638) on ground in Yobe State in addition to the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron in Yobe State
“Eighteen (18) Units (63 X 18 = 1134) on ground in Adamawa State in addition to the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron in Adamawa State
“The Counter Terrorism Units of the Force has deployments of over One Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty (1,250) specially trained Counter Terrorism Police personnel. The Police Anti-Bomb Squad has about Three Hundred (300) personnel while over Hundred 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 being 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 Nigeria Police Force is fully committed to the fight against insurgency and will do all it takes in collaboration with the Military to bring a quick end to Boko Haram insurgency and crisis in the North East”
The statement was signed by “Ag. DCP JIMOH MOSHOOD, FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA”