BY ABBULLAHI ISAH, MAIDUGURI
Suicide attacks: Police to establish explosives training school in Maiduguri
In its moves to stem the incessant suicide bombings in the Northeast and the country in general, the Nigerian Police Force is to establish an Explosives Ordinance Training School in Maiduguri.
While addressing the officers and rank and file at the Police headquarters Maiduguri, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Ibrahim Idris said, “I came along with the CP EOD (Explosives Ordinance Department) to ensure the construction and kick off of the school.”
The IGP stated that he was on an assessment and operational tour of the police formations and units in the Northeast to see how prepared the police are in addressing the security challenges and the level of deployment of personnel to schools.
“Additional police dogs and equipment will be deployed to University of Maiduguri and Muna garage area to curb the menace of suicide attacks,” IGP said.
According to him, the Gwoza Police Mobile Force Training School will soon be reconstructed and made one of the best not only in Nigeria but Africa at large.
The IGP, while appreciating the efforts of the officers and men of the Borno command in restoring peace in the Northeast said “you are the most loyal and patriotic police men, as despite the security challenges you have done as proud.”
Earlier in his welcome address, the Police Commissioner, Borno state command, Mr. Damian Chukwu said before the insurgency the Borno state police command had 9,000 personnel but now they have less than 5,000 and thanked the IGP for deploying 3,500 additional personnel.
The CP also thanked the IGP for establishing the EOD training school in Maiduguri, stressing that this will help in stemming suicide attacks in the Northeast and the country in general and also help in training personnel of sister security agencies..
He also said “we are now deploying more mobile and conventional police personnel to schools, IDPs’ camps and other vulnerable areas across the state to check the recent spate of embarrassing attacks by insurgents.