Police deploy special force to Ile-Ife, ringleaders arrested

Posted by News Express | 10 March 2017 | 2,788 times

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The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed a Police Special Intervention Force, to troubled Ile-Ife, Osun state, where a riot broke out on Wednesday.

In addition, a Joint Investigation Team made up personnel of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, FSARS, SIP and Osun State Police Command CIID headed by a Commissioner of Police,  is also on ground in the ancient town.

The JIT, which reports to a deputy Inspector-General of police in Abuja has already succeeded in arresting the arrow-head and principal suspect,  including some of his thugs that caused the death of most of the innocent victims, according to Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood.

Moshood said  the special force comprises five units  of the  Mobile Force , specially trained anti riot policemen, five cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, Conventional Policemen, Special Anti Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Technical Intelligence Unit, SIB, detachment of EOD, Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), with their Headquarters in Ile-Ife.

The Force is being led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Police Mobile Force, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The operations of the team will cover the entire Ile-Ife and environs, and other trouble spots in Osun State, Moshood said.

“The Police Special Intervention Forces are already on the ground working in synergy with the Osun State Police Command to ensure that total peace and normalcy are restored and sustained in Ile-Ife and environs.

“To achieve success in the operations, the Force will be proactive and strict in the enforcement of its mandates, police standard operations procedures and rule of engagement.

The Force will ensure the full enforcement of the curfew imposed on Ile-Ife and environs by the Osun State Government. The personnel of the Police special Intervention Force will carry out twenty four (24) hours surveillance and patrol, stop and search; continuous raids of identified criminal hideouts and black spots, with a view to arrest promptly trouble makers, their sponsors and nip in the bud any further attempt to cause violence and other criminalities in the general area.

“The deployment of the personnel will equally cover communities, towns, villages, vulnerable points, Government and private infrastructures and facilities in Ile-Ife and environs.

”Traditional rulers, religious leaders, public office holders, politicians, opinion leaders, parents and guardians are hereby called upon to prevail on their subjects, supporters, children and wards to support the personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force in the discharge of their responsibilities, and propagate peace, demonstrate love, and tolerance to promote harmonious coexistence with their fellow citizens, irrespective of religious, ethnic inclinations and differences.” (NAN)

Source: News Express

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