Police deploy officers, equipment to recaptured territories; as 10, 000 IDPs return home under police protection-AIG Ogunsakin.
The Nigerian Police Force has deployed hundreds of officers and equipment to the North East and the personnel have taken full control of recaptured territories as directed by the federal government.
The consequence of this is that about 10, 000 internally displaced persons from IDP camps in Yobe state have on their own free will, left the camps or their homes but under police protection to avoid any attack on them.
Confirming the development, Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 12 Bauchi, AIG Tunde Ogunsakin the displaced persons were encouraged to embark on the journey back home following the opening of the Damaturu-Buni Yadi-Biu road and the Maiduguri-Biu road which had been shut for years, by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.
“As the AIG in charge of the zone, I have been visiting the liberated territories randomly. I can tell you that the Police have started taking over control of the affected areas in the North East. New officers and men have been posted; equipment and logistics requirements have arrived. We have started taking full control” the AID said.
Commenting on how the officers would cope with the office space and weather challenges, AIG Ogunsakin said, “The physical construction of Police Stations will take time to do. But in the meantime, tents will be used by the personnel. The tents are durable and weather tested”.
Ogunsakin also said he is organizing a training programme for Policemen from the zone comprising Borno, Yobe and Bauchi states to be held at the Yankari Games Reserve with the theme ‘Roles of Policemen in IDP programme’ to keep the officers attuned to the task on hand.
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