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Sunday, 8 April 2018

IG deploys 3 more mobile police units to Kwara, Taraba over daredevil robbery and killings

The Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris has ordered the deployment of more mobile police units to Kwara state following the daredevil daylight robbery in Offa on Thursday, April 5.

The deployment was confirmed in a statement by the Force's spokesman Jimoh Moshood on Sunday, April 8.

According to Moshood, the IG is greatly concerned about the Offa robbery and the loss of lives of police officers and innocent Nigerians.

The statement read: "...the IGP has ordered deployment of three (3) Police Mobile Force Units, high powered police investigation team, Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) with Ten (10) Crew members and Anti-Robbery equipments to Kwara State and three (3) additional Police Mobile Force units to Taraba State to beef up security in the two (2) states, prevent further attacks, arrest perpetrators and carryout discreet investigation into the Offa Banks robbery in kwara state and recent killings in Donga and Bali LGAs of Taraba state."

"The deployments which have arrived the two (2) States will cover Offa LGA and its environ and other vulnerable points in Kwara State, while the deployment of the Three (3) Police Mobile Force (PMF) in addition to the Five (5) PMF units recently deployed to Taraba State will cover Donga, Bali, Lau, Gassol, Karim Lamido LGAs and other flash points in the State. The Police teams will carry out intelligence gathering, raids of identified criminal spots/flashpoints, stop and search operations, visibility and confidence building patrols, arrest of perpetrators and further investigation into the incidents."

The spokesman also revealed that the IG has put police chiefs across Nigeria on red alert and also ordered 24-hour surveillance.

"IGP places Commissioners of Police and Police Personnel Nationwide on Red-alert and Directs Twenty – Four (24) Hours Intelligence gathering and Crime Prevention/Police visibility Patrol of crisis spots, flash points and other crime vulnerable scenes in their commands throughout the country," the statement read.

The police also confirmed casualty and other statistics from the Offa robbery as: "In the Offa incident where Nine(9) Policemen and Eight (8) other persons were killed, the names of the Seven (7) suspects and the additional one (1) suspect bringing to eight (8) suspects arrested in connection with the incident who have admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the banks robbery attacks and also assisting Police investigation into the incident are being withheld but will be disclosed after the arrest of the remaining suspects and completion of investigation into the crime."

The IG also commiserated with families of the victims in Kwara and Taraba and urged those with useful information to help the Force with its investigations.
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