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167 policemen abscond as Boko Haram focuses on army.

West & Central Africa

167 policemen abscond as Boko Haram focuses on army.

Over 167 policemen are reported to have absconded shortly after their posting to fight the radical Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria.

Nigerian Police

A source close to the police headquarters in Abuja said the officers were sent out to combat the terrorist jihadist without battle any effective training but most noticeably was the fact that “96% of the total number mobilized are southerners and Christians too. This has raised so much dust and outcry in the NPF,” the source said.

Nigeria’s former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, on his Twitter handle said, “out of the 167 “runaway policemen” that were assigned to fight Boko Haram, 91% of them are christians and 88% were southerners. Can you blame them for running?.. Buhari’s ethnic and religious agenda is becoming more and more obvious by the day.”

A ‘Police Wireless Message’ sent from the Force Headquarters to Mobile Police Squadrons in 22 states, SaharaReporters said, were supposed to be part of the group of 2,000, which the Nigerian Police headquarters in Abuja deployed to be “trained at the Special Forces school, Buni-Yadi,  to fight Boko Haram.” 

A police officer, who spoke to Premium Times, said “It was after their training when they were told that they will be deployed to the frontlines that many absconded.” An arrest has been ordered for the officers who are said to have “gone with their arms, ammunition” as well as “other official equipment.”

Contradicting the arrest order, the Public Relations Officer of the police force, Jimoh Moshood denied that the police officers absconded. “The report is a lie and there is no iota of truth in it… These 2000 police officers recently deployed are in addition to several thousands of police personnel already engaged in the fight against insurgency with the military in the North East. The list of 167 names attached to the story is fake as the officers mentioned are on ground in the North East,” Moshood insists.

Military truck destroyed by Boko Haram

Meanwhile the activities of the Boko Haram Islamic terrorists, continued through December, from the attack that killed over 100 soldiers on 19 November. The army has confirmed the killing of 13 soldiers in an ambush by Boko Haram on the Damaturu to Maiduguri road on Monday 23 December. “Troops of 1 Division on escort duty along Damaturu -Maiduguri Road yesterday fought through an ambush staged by Boko Haram terrorists. The gallant troops engaged the terrorists in a fire fight, courageously wading through the ambush. “Sadly, 13 military and police personnel, including a police officer, paid the supreme price while extricating themselves from the ambush,” Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said. Another soldier was also killed at Kureta in Damaturu Local Government Area of Yobe State and on Wednesday 26 December, and the jihadists also beheaded a police officer,Inspector Ahmed, the security aid to the Yobe state Governor Ibrahim Gaidam in Kukareta, near Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

A report said the security officer approached a road block mounted on the road by Boko Haram insurgents dressed in military uniform, when he stepped out to inquire the reason for blocking the high way, Boko Haram shot and then beheaded the police officer and the police escorts, who were with him, quickly ran back.

A fellow police officer described the killing as an act of God, “from God we came and to him we shall return. We have no authority to query God. We leave it as an act of God and ask God to forgive his sins. The best we can do to him is to continue to work and defend what he died for”, the source said.

 

Hassan John isWest Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos

Image Credits: Google Images/Policemen/Destroyed Military truck/Police training/