Thursday, December 27, 2018
190 Policemen Flee Training To Avoid Boko Haram
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.