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S’EAST: IG creates committee to probe attacks on police

THE Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has set up a committee of police experts to look into the increasing cases of attacks on police formations particularly in the south-eastern part of the country and proffer solutions to the ugly trend.

This is following the spate of brutal attacks on police officers and other security operatives while discharging the statutory duties.

Recently, some hoodlums attacked  and razed the Divisional Police Headquarters in Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State to protest the alleged police killing of a youth.

Two policemen sustained injuries in the attack.

In February, gunmen attacked the Obowo Divisional Police Headquarters located at Umulowe community in Imo and killed two officers on duty.

The same month, hoodlums laid siege to Aboh Mbaise Divisional Police Headquarters in the same state and set it ablaze.

Two days ago the gale of brutalisation and assault on policemen and other security operatives swept across Imo into Anambra State where three policemen were killed at Ukacha Junction, Neni in the Anaocha Local Government Area of the state,

The police patrol vehicle was also burnt.

Four naval men were also reportedly killed at Awkuzu, in the Oyi LGA of Anambra State in the same day.

According to a source, the naval and police officers were not just killed but the hoodlums also carted away their firearms.

It was gathered that the situation was giving the IGP and his management team a lot of concerns.

A senior police officer, who did not want his name mentioned, because he is not the spokesman for the Police Force, said irked by the ugly development, Adamu recently set up a committee of senior police officers to look into the matter.

The source said members of the committee had since completed their assignment and were due to present their report at a meeting of the police management team scheduled to hold at the Force headquarters on Monday (today).

He expressed the assurance that once the report was presented and adopted, Nigerians would begin to notice massive police operation in the South-East.

Ahead of the presentation of the report, however, the source added that some arrests had been made concerning the past attacks.

The senior police officer said, “Honestly, these attacks on police formations, especially in the South East are giving us, and particularly the IGP, a lot of concerns.

“To address it, IGP recently set up a high-powered committee of police experts from the intelligence, operations and tactical arms of the force.

“I am aware that members of the committee have completed their assignment. They are due to present their report at the police management meeting holding tomorrow (today).

“I am very certain that once the report is presented, adopted and implementation starts, you will begin to witness massive police operations in the South-East that will lead to recovery of arms and restoration of normalcy.” the source told Punch.

The source said many of the weapons that were taken away by hoodlums during previous attacks had been recovered.

He added, “I can assure you that even up until the early hours of this (Sunday) morning, arrests are being made in respect of the recent attacks and a lot of weapons are being recovered.

“I am sure you still remember the recent joint operation in the Orlu axis; that was the beginning of the massive operations that led to the arrests and recoveries. There are ongoing follow-up operations in the zone.”

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