7 April, 2014
Nigeria’s police authorities have ordered massive deployment of personnel to northern Zamfara state to tackle the recurring attacks in some communities in the state.
Mohammed Abubakar, the country’s
Inspector-General of Police, said in a
statement reaching Xinhua on Monday that the Special Forces comprising 10 units of Police Mobile Force, three units of conventional police, a unit of counter-terrorism personnel were immediately being deployed to the state.
The police chief issued the directive in
response to security assessment report of the affected areas, adding that he had ordered extensive covert operations from the Force Intelligence Bureau.
Unknown gunmen on Saturday stormed a security meeting of vigilante members in Unguwar Galadima village of Maru local government area of northwest Zamfara state, killing more than 100 people.
Abubakar said Border Patrol Teams and Force Intelligence personnel drawn from various squadrons and commands were being drafted to reinforce the operation of existing force in the affected areas.
In addition, the Air Wing of the Nigeria Police will commence aerial patrol and surveillance in order to effectively monitor the situation, the police chief added. According to him, the Border Patrol Teams are to maintain adequate surveillance of all border areas around Zamfara to forestall further infiltration and escape of marauders through the
Nigeria, which has a population of
approximately 170 million, is facing
major security challenges which are
crippling economic activities in some
states. The northern part of the country is plagued by violence, including attacks by the Boko Haram sect. The southern part is said to be a hub of criminal activities which include oil theft or bunkering,kidnapping and armed robbery attacks.
Communal clashes often paralyze
commercial activities in the central state of Plateau, which shares borders with many northern states, whereas pockets of violence in the north central state of Benue are mostly attributed to herdsmen.