As part of strategic measures lined up to contain the illegal movement of small arms and light weapons and other explosive materials, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, has ordered immediate establishment of Tactical Operation Points (TOP) in selected states of the North East and North West. These points which will be manned by Policemen who have received adequate training in tactical operation and counter-terrorism will be established in various strategic locations, including highways in Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states.
Consequently, the IGP has charged all Assistant Inspectors -General of Police (AIGs) in charge of the Zones covering the affected states and all Commissioners of Police in charge of these states to ensure close supervision and constant reskilling of the personnel performing this special operation.
In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer ACP Frank Mba, The IGP is optimistic that the latest measure will enable the Force to halt further spread of violence in the land and frustrate the activities of insurgents and other criminals, adding that the Force is determined to track and mop up illegal arms trade and arrest the unchallenged movement of explosive materials by hoodlums and other unpatriotic elements.
While noting that the Police will always work in close collaboration with other security Forces in the land, the IGP vows that the Force will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the citizens of Nigeria enjoy maximum safety and security in their own country.
He therefore calls on the general public, particularly those in the North East and North West to cooperate with the Police and see any inconvenience this operation may cause as a necessary sacrifice for the greater safety of all.