The Nigeria Police Force yesterday denied experiences that greater than 100 anti-riot policemen absconded from an ongoing coaching on the Particular Forces Faculty, Buni-Yadi, Yobe State.
On-line information had acknowledged that the officers, fearing they might grow to be canon fodders, had fled their camp. It additionally claimed that the police had authorised the arrest of the deserters. However in a press release, Power Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshood stated all of the 2000 policemen deployed had been on floor and had been combating alongside the navy in opposition to Boko Haram.
He stated: “The Power needs to categorically state that the story is unfaithful. It’s absolute falsehood and a deliberate try to forged aspersions on the efforts of the Nigeria Police Power within the ongoing struggle in opposition to the Boko Haram insurgency.
“The insinuation in some quarters and as reported within the story that 167 out the 2000 further law enforcement officials lately deployed by the Inspector Normal of Police (IGP) absconded is just not right and needs to be disregarded by members of the general public. These 2000 police personnel are to enhance the efforts of the navy, so as to add new impetus to the struggle in opposition to the decimated Boko Haram insurgency.”
The spokesman stated additional: “This story was investigated and it was discovered to not be right. There isn’t any purpose in any respect that police personnel deployed for the operations within the northeast would abscond. The Police Cellular Power (PMF) personnel have been engaged actively within the frontline together with the navy within the struggle in opposition to Boko Haram for the reason that inception of the insurgency.
“These 2000 law enforcement officials lately deployed are along with a number of 1000’s of police personnel already engaged within the struggle in opposition to insurgency with the navy within the northeast. The record of 167 names hooked up to the story is faux, because the officers talked about are on floor within the northeast.
“The 2000 police personnel deployed are in excessive morale and excessive spirit within the operation. The Power sees the story as a deliberate try to advertise insurgency and dampen the morale of officers and males of the police and different companies who every day lay down their lives to guard our pricey nation and guarantee safety of all citizenry.”
He added: “It’s evidently clear that the author of the story has by no means visited the venue of coaching or witness the deployment of the police personnel within the operation however relied ignorantly on rumour from misguided people who’re getting used to work in opposition to nationwide curiosity and safety.
“The Nigeria Police Power will proceed to carry the media in a really excessive regard as a veritable accomplice in making certain ample safety and success of the struggle in opposition to insurgency. Nonetheless, the media are implored not permit their esteemed publication for use to publish falsehood able to misinforming and deceptive the general public.” The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, in the meantime criticised the Federal Authorities for claiming it has decimated Boko Haram.
Reacting to information of the desertion, the group’s spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, informed The Guardian through phone: “Those that are claiming that they’ve degraded Boko Haram ought to now cover their heads in disgrace. That is getting to a degree the place folks and the navy are working from the insurgency. There was a report that even troopers are dodging being posted to the northeast as a result of when the insurgents killed over 200 troopers in in the future, it took the federal government six days to reply. When the state is ineffective, what else do you count on? The troopers and police are human beings too earlier than they joined the forces.”
He added: “The primary intuition of each man is to remain alive. In the event that they take up such project, it’s like computerized demise. What do you count on them to do? They’ve to guard their very own lives first. Their obligation is to guard the lives of others however they need to love their very own life too. Lai Muhammad ought to cease telling lies that the Boko Haram have been defeated when it’s the insurgents who’ve defeated the Federal Authorities.”
Equally, Man Ikokwu, a Second Republic politician and chieftain of Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, stated: “The federal government stated it has worn out Boko Haram. However what we’ve seen in latest months has refuted this. The impression that the federal government has given us in the previous few months about Boko Haram belies what’s going on in the meanwhile. Troopers proper of their camps are being taken without warning and killed. We have now generals working into the bush with their troopers. It’s so unhappy.