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Nigeria deploys special force to restore order in Benue state

Worried by recent attacks that left scores dead and several others injured in Zaki Biam in Benue State, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has deployed a Special Tactical Force to restore order.Mr. Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer, said on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the special tactical force comprised Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Units, Conventional Policemen and Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).


The others, according to Moshood, are Special Investigation Bureau (SIB), detachment of Explosive Ordnance Department (EOD), Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), Police Air wing (Aerial Surveillance Helicopters) and other undercover operatives.


He said that the force would have its headquarter in Zaki Biam, Ukum Local Government Area of the State.


“The Police Special Tactical Force is led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja under the supervision of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Department of Operations.


“To achieve success in these operations, the Police Special Tactical Force will be proactive, work on actionable intelligence already at the disposal of the Nigeria Police Force, and carry out 24 hours surveillance and patrol,” Moshood said.


He added that the force would also carry out continuous raids on identified and other suspected hideouts of the assailants so as to arrest attackers and their sponsors and prevent further loss of lives and other criminal activities in the area.


According to him, the special force will cover all the communities, towns, villages, vulnerable points, government and private infrastructure and facilities in the area.


He said that helicopters would embark on guided missions and aerial surveillance of the entire area, “especially difficult terrains”, and will operate in synergy with other Police formations on the ground.

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