Terror War: Police Deploy Sniffer-Dogs To Nigerian Airports

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered the immediate deployment of sniffer dogs to the Airports in Nigeria.

This, according to a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, is in line with international best practice.

The statement also stated that the directive was made in line with the IGP’s sworn resolve to drastically reduce crime, provide and maintain safety and security of persons, protect vulnerable and critical government infrastructures, reduce possibility of arms smuggling through the airports and generally bolster the war against terror.

At the official flag off ceremony which took place on Thursday, February 20 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the IGP, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations, DIG Zuokumor Michael, stated that the sniffer-dogs would, among other things, be used for detecting explosives, rescue operations, perimeter patrols, patrols of parking lots and the apprehension of offenders resisting or attempting to evade arrest.

He charged the dog handlers to respect the fundamental rights of the citizens and also work in collaboration with other security agencies towards providing effective security at the airports.

The IGP also called for the cooperation of the general public, assuring them that his administration would do all that was necessary to provide them with optimum security.

Meanwhile, the first phase of the deployment of the sniffer-dogs has commenced with the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport I and II, Lagos and Port-Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

Others are Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Jos Airport, as well as Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

This development is in line with the IGP’s New Year message to Nigerians, in which he promised more proactive and extensive security measures to avert any threats or potentially dangerous situations from arising or entering into the country.

Police averts bomb blast in Sokoto

The Sokoto state Police Command has averted what would have been another major disaster in the ancient caliphate city, by conducting a controlled detonation of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), discreetly dropped in the city.

A statement by the Deputy Force Public Relations officer, CSP Frank Mba, claimed that at about 11.00am, an unknown person riding an unregistered motor cycle, discretely dropped a black polythene bag at the secretariat of one of Nigeria’s leading political parties.

Mr. Mba further explained that a report about the presence of the strange object was promptly relayed to the police authority in the state by a patriotic citizen.

After which the police authority in the state immediately deployed a combined team of police officers from the bomb disposal unit to the area.

He added that “the quick response of the police operatives saved the day, as the polythene bag was located, scientifically examined and found to be containing high caliber Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).”

The statement further stated that personnel of the police bomb disposal unit thereafter carried out a controlled detonation of the explosives without any casualty.

Members of the fundamentalist sect- Boko Haram have claimed responsibility for the string of attacks staged in the city.

Nigeria deploys 140 police officers to Guinea Bissau

The Nigeria Police Force has deployed a formed police unit made up of 140 strong personnel, equipped with modern crime fighting and peacekeeping equipment to Guinea Bissau.

A statement signed by the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, stated that the police contingent which is designed to be self-sustaining was deployed with full complement of Contingent Owned Equipment (COE).

According to the statement, some of the equipment include five armoured personnel carriers, 12 patrol vehicles, arms and ammunition as well as crowd and riot control equipment.

The contingent will also embark on the peace-keeping mission with food rations, an ambulance, drugs, first aid kits, medical equipment and a team of medical personnel comprising of two doctors and six nurses.

While addressing the contingent before their departure, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, urged the officers to exhibit true commitment and dedication in the discharge of their assigned roles at all times.

He also advised them to respect the laws/customs of their host country and strive to bring honours to themselves and Nigeria, through exemplary service to humanity.

The Nigeria police officers are expected to assist the government and people of the West African country, in restoring peace and stability in the country.

The deployment is in fulfillment of Nigeria’s pledge and commitment to assist the regional bloc; ECOWAS in restoring rule of law in Guinea Bissau and the entire sub region.

Contrary to the usual practice of paying allowances on return of the unit after completion of its assignment, the IGP approved the payment of three months allowances to the officers in advance of their deployment.

This gesture was to boost the morale and to allow the officers take care of the welfare of their family before departure.

This current deployment to Guinea Bissau brings to nine the total number of countries where Nigeria police officers are presently serving on international peace keeping operations.

The other countries are Liberia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Cote D’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Outside the African continent, Nigerian police officers are also involved in similar missions in Haiti and East Timor.