Police move against illegal arms, explosive materials
Acting Inspector-General of Police Suleiman Abba has ordered the establishment of Tactical Operation Points (TOPs) in eight states in the Northeast and Northwest.
The Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, in a statement, said the TOPs would be manned by police personnel trained in tactical operations and counter-terrorism.
Mba said the operation points would be established in various strategic locations and highways in Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states.
He said: “Consequently, the IGP has charged all Assistant Inspectors -General of Police (AIGs) in charge of the zones covering the affected states and all Commissioners of Police in charge of these states to ensure close supervision and constant re-skilling of the personnel performing this special operation.
“The IGP is optimistic that the latest measure will enable the Force to halt further spread of violence in the land and frustrate the activities of insurgents and other criminals.”
He added that the Force was determined to track and mop up illegal arms trade and arrest the unchallenged movement of explosive materials by hoodlums and other unpatriotic elements.
While noting that the police would always work in close collaboration with other security forces in the land, Frank said the Acting IGP vowed that the Force would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the citizens enjoy maximum safety and security.
“The IGP therefore calls on the general public, particularly those in the Northeast and Northwest, to cooperate with the police and see any inconvenience this operation may cause as a necessary sacrifice for the greater safety of all,” the statement added.
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