3,000 officers have been deployed by the Nigeria Police to restore civil authority in the liberated areas in the North-East. Solomon Arase, the Inspector-General of Police disclosed this at the End of the Year Commissioners of Police Conference held at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.
While speaking on the deployment, he said: "The Force has deployed 3,000 officers as holding forces to the liberated areas in the North-East with the task of restoring civil authority. It is pertinent to note that the Force has been fighting side by side the Military in the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East," he said.
He stressed that the Police was making efforts to expand the deployment to cover all other theatres of insurgency in the region. Arase also said the police force has dismissed 51 officers for corrupt practices, while 56 others had been made to face diverse punishments.
In the upcoming year, Arase said that the Monitoring Unit; X-Squad and the Provost Marshal have been charged to sustain the enforcement drive. He added that the policy of holding Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers, liable for professional misconduct would be re-enforced.
By Kindness Okoli