RECURRING ATTACKS BY HERDSMEN: NIGERIA POLICE DEPLOY 10 UNITS OF POLICE MOBILE FORCE, REGULAR POLICE AND COUNTER TERRRORIST PERSONNEL TO ZAMFARA; AIR WING TO COMMENCE AERIAL PATROLS

XINHUA
7 April, 2014
LAGOS

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
borders.

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.

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2 Responses to RECURRING ATTACKS BY HERDSMEN: NIGERIA POLICE DEPLOY 10 UNITS OF POLICE MOBILE FORCE, REGULAR POLICE AND COUNTER TERRRORIST PERSONNEL TO ZAMFARA; AIR WING TO COMMENCE AERIAL PATROLS

  1. beegeagle says:

    Ten company-sized units of MOPOL and a similar-sized CTU detachment would amount to about 150 x 11 = 1,650 men. That is equivalent to two battalion-sized contigents of ‘strong arm’ cops.

    Let us hope that they make a difference. That is a significant level of force projection…supported by 450 regular cops and aerial surveillance for situational awareness.

    We hope the cops can at least develop complete mastery of the handling of such non-military nay escalated levels of violence, leaving the military to focus on militarised insurgent groups. After all, we have a 370,000-strong Police Force.

    Personally, I think that the scale of communal, religious and terrorist-driven violence demands a drastic reorganisation of the Police Force’s specialised formations as follows:

    – Police Mobile Force (MOPOL) 50,000

    – Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) 25,000

    – Bomb Disposal Unit 5,000

    – K9 Unit 2,000

    – Special Protection Unit 6,000

    – Diplomatic Protection Unit 2,000

    * a new 10,000-man ANTI RUSTLING UNIT with specialised skills in tracking should be established without further delay. NOTE that cattle rustling has been wholly responsible for the mind-numbing scale of village-wide massacres in Zamfara and has been frequently alleged by the octopoidal Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association herdsmen as the cause of some of the violence in central Nigeria.

    That leaves us with 270,000 regular cops to undertake regular police duties in the interim, until the recruitment of a further 80,000 regular cops over a two-year period to keep pace with the IPU-prescribed ratio of 1 cop: 400 citizens. There are 170 million Nigerians at this time.

    Good morning, gentlemen.

  2. Are James says:

    As far as I am concerned the cattle rustlers problem should never have dropped into the laps of the army in then first place.. The police, if not for pecuniary considerations have always had the resources to tackle this problem. The network of police stations and check points in Nigeria is chokingly dense, there is no where in the world with the level of police deployment on highways as Nigeria, so how is that for situational awareness structure?. Cattle rustlers and Fulani herdsmen’s suspicious movements are almost always reported to the police early but nothing gets done before the problems escalate and the army still gets called in with our sufficient information to guide them.
    With the force structure you just recommended and provision of adequate tools like MRAPs, light machine guns and personal ballistic protection equipment I think it would be just a matter of time before normalcy is restored and the army is freed up to tackle Boko Haram

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