Police establishes eight Tactical Operation Points to counter terrorism

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Aug 13th, 2014
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The Nigerian police logoThe Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered the immediate establishment of Tactical Operation Points in selected states of the North-East and North-West as part of measures to curb the proliferation of small arms, light weapons and other explosive materials in the country.

The points to be manned by police officers who have received adequate training in tactical operation and counter-terrorism will be established in strategic locations, including highways in Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states.

A statement released in Abuja on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, says the IG had directed all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of the zones and Commissioners of Police in charge of the affected states to ensure close supervision and constant “re-skilling” of the personnel performing the special task.

It reads, “As part of strategic measures lined up to contain the illegal movement of small arms and light weapons and other explosive materials, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered immediate establishment of Tactical Operation Points in select states of the North East and North West.

“These points which will be manned by Policemen who have received adequate training in tactical operation and counter-terrorism will be established in various strategic locations, including highways in Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states.”

The statement further informed that the IG was optimistic that the latest measure would enable the Police to halt further spread of violence in the land and frustrate the activities of insurgents and other criminals, adding that the Force remained determined to track and stop illegal arms trade and arrest the unchallenged movement of explosive materials by hoodlums and other unpatriotic elements.

Disclosing that the Police will always work in close collaboration with other security Forces in the land, the IG pledged that the Force “will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the citizens of Nigeria enjoy maximum safety and security in their country.”

The new Police boss appealed to members of the public, particularly those in the North-East and North-West to cooperate with the Police and see any inconvenience the operation might cause as a necessary sacrifice for the greater safety of all.

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