Following their deployment to the north east, 190 police officers have reportedly fled leading to the police headquarters reportedly ordering for their arrest and prosecution. Sahara Reporters claimed the officers were about to be deployed to the north east to support the military in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
It was reported that the policemen were being trained at the Special Forces school, Buni-Yadi, where they absconded from. The MOPOLS were urged to treat the matter as “very important” and thus to arrest and prosecute them. Jimoh Moshood who is the police spokesperson said the policemen comprised personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter Terrorism Units (CTU), as well as those of the Force and the Sniffer Dog Sections. Moshood also stated that the new deployment was consistent with Section 4 of the Police Act and Regulations.
He said the section “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 47 PMF units (63 X 47 = 2961) in Borno State in addition to the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron in Borno State. Twenty-six units (63 X 26 = 1638) on ground in Yobe State in addition to the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron in Yobe State. “Eighteen units (63 X 18 = 1134) on ground in Adamawa State in addition to the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron in Adamawa State.”
However, the Nigerian Police Force denied that any of its officers deployed to the northeast fled. The police said all the 2000 policemen deployed to the region have all reported and are on ground for combat operation in the region, fighting alongside the Military. Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has urged troops prosecuting the counter terrorism operation in the North-East to be wary of Boko Haram’s increasing misinformation propaganda. In a Christmas and New Year Message to the troops on Tuesday, Buratai said that it was evident that the terrorists had been defeated. “Thus, they have now resorted to employing propaganda in order to demoralise you by spreading false messages of strength and invincibility.
“It is pertinent for troops to understand that Boko Haram Terrorists are nothing but a band of criminals. “Therefore, you must all brace up to clear and flush out their remnants.”