•Said all 200 policemen deployed reported to duty
•Reports alleged 167 policemen absconded, about 190 arrested
The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) have stated that all 2000 Policemen deployed by the Force to the North East have reported and are on ground on combat operation in the North East fighting along with the Military in the front line against Boko Haram insurgency.
NPF in a statement on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Jimoh Moshood, contradicted the situation reports in the North East with one alleging that about 167 officers absconded duties while another disclosed that 190 them were later arrested to that effect.
Reports revealed that NPF Headquarters ordered the arrest and prosecution of 190 riot policemen who absconded from the ongoing training at the Special Forces School, Buni-Yadi, Yobe State.
According to Punch, the fleeing policemen were part of the 2,000 Police Mobile Officers (PMF) mobilised for the training preparatory to their deployment for combat against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
The officers include: 47 PMF units in Borno, 26 units in Yobe and 18 units in Adamawa, in addition to the regular PMF Squadrons in the three states.
The 190 missing cops were believed to have bailed out of the SFS because they did not want to participate in the counter-insurgency operations.
Findings indicate that the policemen were drawn from MOPOLs 2, Keffi; 3 Enugu; 5 Benin; 8 Jos; 11 Calabar; and 16 Abeokuta.
Others were from MOPOLs 17 Akure; 18 Owerri; 19 Port Harcourt; 20/22 Ikeja; 23 Keffi Str.; 26 Uyo; 28 Umuahia; 30 Yenagoa; 31 Asaba; 32 Abakaliki; 35 Dutse; 39 Ogbomoso; 43 Lion Building; 50 Kubwa; 51 Oghara; 54 Onitsha and 56 Ogoni.
A Police wireless message with reference DTO:241610/12/2018 sighted on Wednesday, and signed by the Commissioner of Police in charge of MOPOL, directed that the errant operatives should be arrested and produced under escort.
Checks showed that over 120 of the absconding officers were Sergeants, while the rest included some Inspectors and a few Corporals.
But the Police Spokesperson debunked the reports, saying that instead “the 2000 Police personnel deployed are in high morale and high spirit in the operation”.
“No Police personnel absconded as alleged in the report,” Moshood insisted.
Part of the statement read: “The Force wishes to categorically state that the story is untrue, absolute falsehood and a deliberate attempt to cast aspersions on the efforts of the Nigeria Police Force in the ongoing fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.
“The insinuation in some quarters and as reported in the story that 167 out the 2000 additional Police Officers recently deployed by the IGP absconded is not correct and should be disregarded by members of the public. These 2000 Police personnel are to complement the efforts of the Military to add new impetus to the fight against the decimated Boko Haram insurgency.”
“This story was investigated and it was found out not to be correct, there is no reason whatsoever that Police personnel deployed for the operations in the North East would abscond. The Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel have been engaged actively in the front line along with the Military in the fight against Boko Haram terrorist group since the inception of the insurgency.”
“These 2000 Police Officers recently deployed are in addition to several thousands of Police Personnel already engaged in the fight against insurgency with the Military in the North East. The list of 167 names attached to the story is fake as the Officers mentioned are on ground in the North East.
“The 2000 police personnel deployed are in high morale and high spirit in the operation, the Force sees the story as a deliberate attempt to promote insurgency and dapple the morale of Officers and Men of the Police and other services who on daily basis lay down their lives to protect our dear Nation, Nigeria and ensure security of all citizenry.”
To this end, Moshood implored members of the public to disregard the story in its entirety as a pure misinformation and hearsay.
According to him, “the writer of the story has never visited the venue of training or witness the deployment of the Police personnel in the operation but rely ignorantly on hearsay from misguided individuals who are being used to work against national interest and security”.
Credits | Punch