By Paul Michael
• Rejigs Operation Restore Peace, deploys additional operational assets
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has lamented rising attacks of Police officers and facilities in the southeastern part of the country, thereby vowing to be ruthless with criminal elements and terrorists in the area.
A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Thursday, said that the IGP also has additional assets to complement men of the Operation Restore Peace in the region.
It further stressed that attacks on officers carrying out their lawful duties would no longer be taken lightly by the Police Force.
The statement reads, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, has strongly condemned the recent spate of attacks on Police officers, facilities, and other police operational assets around the nation, particularly in the South East where there have been attacks on police stations, ruthless murder of police officers in their line of duty to protect the citizenry, as well as the destruction of critical national infrastructures.
“Consequently, the IGP has ordered the immediate deployment of additional operational assets to complement officers and men attached to Operation Restore Peace in the South East, and other launched operations, with the aim of flushing out criminal elements who hide under the guise of aggrieved citizens to perpetrate criminal acts.
“The IGP warned that attacks on police officers in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated under whatever guise, as the Force holds the lives of its personnel sacrosanct, and such unwarranted attacks would be strictly treated in accordance with extant laws.
“He equally reiterated the commitment of the Force to protection of lives and property while stressing that it is vital to respect the lives and fundamental rights of Police officers and other security operatives, in order to enable them advance their sacred mandate of serving and protecting the citizens better.”