Nigeria: NPF to establish counter-terrorism units in Nasarawa State

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MIL OSI – Source: Federal Republic of Nigeria – Report:

Headline: NPF to establish counter-terrorism units in Nasarawa State

LAFIA (FIC Lafia Report) – The Nigeria Police Force has announced the plan by its agency to establish a counter-terrorism unit as part of effort to fight crime in the state.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of the Anti-Terrorism Unit of the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Yahaya Ardo Garba disclosed this when he paid a visit to Umaru Tanko Al-makura, the Governor of Nassarawa State in Lafia lately. He added that the plan to establish the unit in the state became necessary to support the security in the area and to bring peace and stability to the state.

Ardo Garba noted that the aim of his visit was to discuss with the State Governor the possibilities for collaboration with the state government on the procedures for engaging counter-terrorism activities in the state. He further appealed to the State Government to support the initiative of the Inspector – General of Police towards having a crime – free society.

Al-Makura applauded the AIG and described the decision to introduce a special police unit in the state as timely. He noted that it will go a long way to reduce crime and criminality as well as ensure peace and stability in the state. Adding, the state is willing to support and collaborate with the Nigeria Police to establish the terrorism unit in the state, especially now that there is yearning for more security personnel to enable the IDPs in the state go back to their homes. He maintained that the State Government has already donated 500 residential units to the Nigeria Police to make them comfortable.

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