Thursday, December 27, 2018

190 Policemen Flee Training To Avoid Boko Haram

The Force Headquarters has ordered the arrest of  190 riot policemen who allegedly absconded from training at the Special Forces School, Buni-Yadi, Yobe State.

The fleeing policemen were part of the 2,000 officers sent to the school  three weeks ago  for training ahead of  their deployment in the North-East to join forces with the military in  combating Boko Haram insurgency in the area.

According to the police,  the deployment of the policemen  was in line with Section 4 of the Police Act and Regulations which allows them to perform  military duties both within and outside  the country  as may be required of them.

The  missing cops were believed to have escaped from the SFS because they did not want to participate in the counter-insurgency operations.

Findings indicated that the policemen were drawn from MOPOL 2 in  Keffi, MOPOL  3 in Enugu, MOPOL  5 in Benin, MOPOL  8 in Jos, MOPOL  11 in  Calabar and MOPOL  16  in Abeokuta.

Others were from MOPOL 17 (Akure), MOPOL  18   (Owerri), MOPOL  19   (Port Harcourt), MOPOL  20/22  (Ikeja), MOPOL  23  (Lagos Island), MOPOL  26   (Uyo), MOPOL   28 (Umuahia), MOPOL  30   (Yenagoa) MOPOL 31 (Asaba), MOPOL  32 (Abakaliki), MOPOL  35 (Dutse), MOPOL  39 (Ogbomoso), MOPOL  43 (Lion Building), MOPOL  50 (Kubwa), MOPOL  51 (Oghara), MOPOL 54 (Onitsha) and MOPOL 56 (Ogoni).

A police wireless message with reference DTO:241610/12/2018 signed by the Commissioner of Police in charge  MOPOL sighted by a Punch correspondent on Wednesday directed that the fleeing policemen  should be arrested and produced under escort.

It was learnt  that over 120 of the absconding  officers included Sergeants and  Inspectors.