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Boko Haram: Security agencies deploy men to liberated communities

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Security agencies have deployed their personnel to communities liberated from insurgents in Borno State.

The Borno State police commissioner Mr. Damian Chukwu has said that his command had deployed its men to communities in the 24 local government areas freed from Boko Haram in the state.

Chukwu said: “We have our men in the local government areas liberated from the Boko Haram insurgents.

“We are in Kala- Balge, Monguno, Gwoza, Askira-Uba, Damboa, Chibok, Nganzai, Gubio, Damasak, Konduga, Kukawa, Bama and other areas.”

He disclosed that operatives are yet to be sent to three local government areas – Abadam, Guza Mala and Marte. “The only local government areas we have yet to deploy personnel are: Abadam, Guza Mala and Marte, and this is due to an ongoing military operations there.

“We are waiting for signals from the military to enable us to move in and as soon as the signals come we will deploy our men,” Chukwu said.

The commissioner also said that his men are deployed based peculiar situations.

“Based on the peculiar situation in the state, we deploy personnel from police departments such as the Mobile Police, Counter Terrorism Unit and Explosive Ordnance Department (EOD),”

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Comptroller in the area, Malam Musa Jahun, also said the command had deployed its officials to three main border posts in the state while in Gamboru, Banki and Damasak posts are now reopened.

According to Jahun, “The first area we returned was Gamboru-Ngala, a border community with the Cameroon Republic. We deployed our men in the registration and control posts for refugees returning from Cameroon.

“We have been there for almost four months now, but we are just providing skeletal services. We are registering returnees in conjunction with the UN Commission for Refugees.

“Any place that is liberated from the terrorists, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) will usually perform a kind of celebration after which the paramilitary chiefs will meet with him to decide on the next line of action.

“The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and other paramilitary bodies will then move in,” the comptroller said.

Jahun disclosed that NIS is rebuilding of its structures damaged by Boko Haram.

“We have started rebuilding our structures. We began with that of Gamboru station. The NIS service headquarters has reconstructed the housing blocks, while the Borno Government has assisted in rebuilding the offices.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps’ Head of Operations in Borno State, Mr. Danladi Daorong, also said, “we have our men in a couple of places such as Bama, Konduga, Jere, Mafa, Gubio, Dikwa and Gamboru.

“We are in the process of deploying our men in Damboa, and other few areas,” he said.

 

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