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
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
“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