Plateau Killings: IGP Deploys Special Intervention Force

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, has deployed

Special Intervention Force to Plateau State to restore peace in Barkin-Ladi,

Riyom, Jos South local government areas and other flash points.

 

Many people were killed by gunmen on June 24 in Barkin-Ladi, Riyom,

Jos South local government areas of Plateau State.

 

In a statement Force Spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, on

Monday in Abuja, said that two police aerial surveillance

helicopters, five Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and three Police

Mobile Force Units (PMF) were deployed.

 

He said that two Counter Terrorism Units (CTU) and Police Intelligence

Unit and conventional police personnel from other states have also

been deployed to the affected areas.

 

Moshood added that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of

operations had relocated to Plateau on the directive of the I-G to

coordinate and supervise the operations.

 

He noted that “the I-G has directed the Commissioner of Police in

charge of I-G monitoring unit to lead the police special investigation

team to the affected areas and other flash points in Plateau.”

 

He stated that the investigation team comprised the Intelligence

Response Team (IRT), the Special Tactical Squad (STS) and the

Technical Platforms.

 

He said “the team is to carry out thorough and discreet investigation

into the killings and promptly apprehend those responsible.”

 

The spokesman added that the police special intervention force

included personnel of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation

Department (FCIID), a detachment of Police Explosive Ordinance

Department (EOD), Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), conventional

policemen, special anti-robbery squads.

 

Moshood said that the team, which had started arriving, were already

working with the police command in the state to restore peace and

sustain normalcy in the affected areas.

 

He pointed out that “to achieve success in this operation, the team

will be proactive and strict in the enforcement of its mandates,

police standard operations procedures and rule of engagement will be

fully adhered to.

 

“The police special intervention force will ensure full enforcement of

the curfew imposed on the affected areas by the Plateau Government.”

 

The police spokesman noted that personnel of the special intervention

force would carry out 24 hours’ surveillance and patrol, stop and

search vehicles and suspected locations and hideouts of suspected

assailants.

 

“The team will also engage in continuous raid of identified criminal

hideouts and black spots, with a view to arrest those responsible for

the killings and prevent any further attacks.”

 

He called on traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders,

youth groups, public office holders, politicians, opinion leaders and

parents to support the police.

 

Moshood also called on the public in the affected areas, other flash

points or in any other location in the state with information to call

the following numbers: 07059473022, 08038907662, 08075391844, and

09053872296.