Insurgency : IGP deploys surveillance helicopter, 3 police units to Taraba
From Tom Garba, in Yola
The Inspector General (IGP) of Police, Ibrahim Idris on Monday says he has deployed a surveillance helicopter and three mobile police units to Taraba to tackle security challenges in the state.
Idris announced this in Jalingo when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Darius Ishaku of the state.
The IGP noted that the governor had met with him one week ago in Abuja and made demands for additional men and materials to curb the upsurge of killings in the state.
“I want to announce to you that the surveillance aircraft you requested is already in the state. We have also deployed three additional mobile police units to ensure the total restoration of peace in the state.
“I can assure you that we will do everything to ensure that the inhabitants of the state are safe,” he said.
Idris also said he would inaugurate the mobile squadron base in Takum on Tuesday to help in fighting criminality in the state.
In his response, Governor Ishaku commended the police command for working tirelessly towards achieving peace in the state. The governor also commended the IGP for his prompt response to his request for additional men and equipment to achieve peace.
“I want to commend the state commissioner of Police, Mr. David Akinremi for his tireless efforts at achieving peace in the state. Mr IGP, I can tell you that the command in the state is doing very well.
“what I can ask for again is the construction of a permanent police headquarters in the state. The current place now is the area command which is not so conducive for the officers to operate effectively,” he said.
Ishaku, however, appealed to the IGP to do more in ending the current killings that occurred on daily basis, especially in southern parts of the state.
“ As I speak with you, six people were killed in fresh herdsmen attack on Monday in Takum. Please help us in wiping away the tears of our people”, the governor said.