Police gives information on operation in Benue
– Fatai Owoseni said said more police have been deployed to Benue
– The police chief said security was being maintained in the state
– He also said mercenaries have been flushed out from some communities
The inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed 15 additional police units, special forces, technical and intelligence teams to contain further attacks in Benue.
Mr Fatai Owoseni, the commissioner of police in the state, disclosed this on Monday, February 5 in Makurdi while addressing newsmen.
He said: “The inspector-general is seriously committed to bringing to an end the killings in the state and the country.
“It is that commitment that informed the reinforcement of our command continuously on daily basis to nip in the bud the act of criminality and killings in the state.
“The inspector-general has continued to support us, as of today 15 units squadrons from 15 states have been deployed to support the existing officers on ground.
“We also received the deployment of Police Special Forces, Intelligence and Technical teams in the state,” Owoseni said.
NAN reports that he said the command had rescued a Non- Commissioned Officer (NCO) who got missing during the February attack in Yogbo community in Guma Local Government Area in the battle between police and suspected herdsmen.
He said that the rescued “officer was unhurt, his weapon was safe, he was in high spirit and has rejoined his colleagues in the ongoing operations in Guma”.
The commissioner said that security operatives were able to flush out the mercenaries from the community and hoped to sustain the success recorded.
He stressed that relative peace had been restored in Yogbo village.
He said the command had deployed forces in “Kwande, Agatu, Gboko, Makurdi, Buruku, Katsina-Ala, Gwer West and Vandeikya local government areas for proactive measures”.
Meanwhile, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, led a federal government’s delegation comprising of four other ministers to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital for a special town hall meeting on military and security.
The special adviser to the president on new media, Bashir Ahmad, in a tweet on Monday, February 5, disclosed that Lai Mohammed at the meeting said the delegation was there to let the world know the giant efforts the President Buhari administration is putting in place to make Borno return to normalcy and a more habitable place.