UK deploys troops to enhance security in North East

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ABUJA, (CAJ News) – BRITAIN will deploy police officers to provide greater security in Nigeria’s North East, which is worst hit by the Boko Haram sect.

This follows a memorandum of understanding between the British High Commission in Abuja and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, and immediate past Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, signed.

The British High Commission’s support will be through strategic technical assistance and advice and builds on previous work with the NPF and the community policing approach supported by Department for International Development’s Justice for All programme (J4A).

It also builds on support the British High Commission Abuja has provided to assist in the actualisation of the vision of the NPF and of the Minister of the Interior for the North East; “winning the war and winning the peace.”

The MoU forms part of the UK’s broader approach to supporting an integrated and sequenced security, political and economic response which stabilises northeast Nigeria, meeting the immediate humanitarian needs of population, with sufficient safety and security to enable the civilian population to return and for reconstruction to occur.

Arkwright meanwhile extended his congratulations to the new Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

“The UK mission in Nigeria looks forward to continuing to work with him over the years to come,” said the envoy.

CAJ News

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