The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has deployed additional 2000 Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter Terrorism Units (CTU) personnel and the Sniffer Dog Sections to the North East for ‘purely military duties’ to fight the Boko Haram insurgency.
A statement on Sunday by Police spokesman, DCP Jimoh Moshood said the new deployment is consistent with Section 4 of the Police Act and Regulations.
He said the police may perform such military duties within or outside Nigeria as may be required of them by or under the authority of the police act or any other Act.
According to Moshood, the deployment is also to support the strength of the military to defeat the Boko Haram Insurgency.
Moshood added that the Counter Terrorism Units of the Force has deployments of over 1,250 specially trained Counter Terrorism Police personnel.
The Police Anti-Bomb Squad has about 300 personnel while over hundred Sniffer Dogs are working with the Military in the fight against Insurgency in the North East.
He said the Police Air-wing Surveillance Helicopters and crews are also deployed to support most of the operations of Operation Lafiya Dole throughout the North East in the fight against Boko Haram and other radical elements.