Boko Haram: Police operate under trees in Yobe
The burning down of police formations, offices and structures in Yobe State by the Boko Haram insurgents has compelled men of the force to be operating some offices under trees in the state, Yobe State Police Commissioner Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim has said.
The Yobe Police boss who played host to the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 12, AIG Tunde Ogunsakin who was on a working tour of the command however observed that the visit of the AIG to the command will boost the morale of the police in their operation.
“Apart from one or two structures that are standing, may be the CPs House and B division no other structure is standing in this command. All others have been destroyed. Both the OC CID and MOPOL operate under tree with extreme difficulties. Most of the officers lived in rented houses, make shift offices, and under trees,” he said.
CP Zanna regretted that the personale of the command has been seriously depleted through transfers and training without replacements. “By the time I took over in September this year, a substantial number of personnel have been transferred without replacement, this has added to the manpower constraint in this command despite our peculiarities,” he said.
He requested for the deployment of professional manpower for the command, saying, “Presently we don’t have a single Lawyer in the legal department and ICT experts are also needed”
Earlier at an interactive session with AIG Ogunsakin assured men of the Yobe State command of their welfare.
AIG Ogunsakin also described the men and officers of the command as special and strategic in the fight against the insurgency in the region, while charging them to remain professional and civil in the course of their police.
He also promised to take the myriad of problems of the command to the Inspector General of Police for necessary action.
In another vein, Yobe State Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam has asked the Federal Government to motivate the police force in the state.
According to the governor, the motivation of the men and women of the force in the state and the entire region would make them to be more proactive in their duties.
Gaidam disclosed this on Wednesday in Damaturu when Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 12, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin at his office in Damaturu also observed that a well-motivated force will enhance adequate patrol and, better intelligence gathering and efficient community policing.