2 000 cops deployed to fight Boko Haram

– NIGERIA has deployed 2 000 more police to fight the rampaging Boko Haram terror group northeast of the country.

The deployment brings to more than 7 000 the number of police personnel stationed in the restive Borno State that is destablised by the Islamist group.

Deployed personnel are to boost the mobile force, counter-terrorism and sniffer dog sections already in place in the troubled state.

Jimoh Moshood, the acting police spokesman, said the new deployment was consistent with the Police Act and Regulations.

It specifies the duty of police as performing military duties within or outside Nigeria as might be required.

“The Nigeria Police Force is fully committed to the fight against
insurgency and will do all it takes in collaboration with the military to bring a quick end to Boko Haram insurgency and crisis in the North East,” Moshood said.

The deployment coincides with Boko Haram killing three soldiers in a
military camp in Borno.

Attacks have escalated ahead of elections set for February in the West African country.

Borno, alongside Adamawa and Yobe, are too volatile and vulnerable for the holding of credible polls owing to the Boko Haram banditry.

The militant organisation has been involved in a decade-long violent
campaign to unseat the government.

An estimated 100 000 civilians have been killed at 2 million displaced.

– CAJ News

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