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Police deploy Special Operation Squad to tackle Plateau killings


Police deploy Special Operation Squad to tackle Plateau killings

The Nigeria Police Force has responded to the recent spate of killings in Plateau State by deploying a Special Operation Squad to tackle security issues in the region.

Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, announced this during a condolence visit to Governor Caleb Mutfwang in Jos.

He said: “More deployment of our tactical unit will be made. We are deploying our tactical unit to assist you; we are deploying our intelligence unit. When you see the IGP visiting with DIG operations and DIG intelligence accompanied by the DIG of the zone, you should know that we mean business.

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“A special operation will commence immediately on the plateau. This special operation will form the nucleus of our special intervention squad, the last time I visited you, I told you about our intention to set up a special intervention squad in ten pilot states in Nigeria and Plateau State is one.

“So with this special operation that is commencing today, we are technically flagging off the commencement of the operation of our special intervention squad.”

He called on the citizens of the state to join forces in the battle against criminals, stating that everyone must contribute to the war’s outcome in order for it to be won.

He said: “With the cooperation of the people of Plateau, a solution is in sight. I want to appeal to the people of Plateau to cooperate with the security agencies, support them with information, and actively take part.

“These criminals have declared war on our state and we are all going to join hands together to fight this war. We should not see this war as a war against the Fulanis, we should not see it as a war against any tribe in Nigeria, it is a war against the criminals; it is a war against enemies of our country,” he added.

The IGP’s visit aimed to evaluate the security environment and ensure that affected areas, particularly those impacted by recent attacks, are protected against intruders.

Over 190 lives were lost, and many others were injured in an attack by assailants on Bokkos and surrounding areas of Plateau State on Christmas eve.

Another community came under attack in Bokkos Local Government on Thursday night, but no deaths were recorded.

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