The Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) are working together to ensure a stop to incidences of abduction of school girls in the North-east.
The two paramilitary organisations said yesterday in Maiduguri that new security architectural measures that would put an end to “incessant abductions” of school children in the North-east region would be put in place.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), Habila Joshak, gave out the plan while speaking with education commissioners, principals and stakeholders in the education sector at the Education Resource Centre, Maiduguri.
He said, police officers have already been deployed to the entire liberated communities affected by Boko Haram insurgency, so as to protect not only people’s lives and property, but all schools in the insurgency affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
Joshak said: “For operational efficiency, command and control, the Inspector-General of Police and the Force management team have increased the number of area commands from three to six, headed by assistant commissioners of police.
“The newly created area commands include Area Commands of Benisheikh, Uba and Monguno, 145 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.”
He said the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters has also deployed over 500 members of strike units led by Assistant Commissioner of Police to Operation Lafiya Dole.
He said: “This is in addition to the strengthening of our intelligence corridor and encouraging intelligence sharing in the spirit of partnership and networking with relevant sister security agencies.
“The problem of Boko Haram insurgency, calls for our collective participation towards restoration of laws and order in the state.”
He explained that the war against insurgency can not be successfully fought solely by a single individual or organisation, while noting that the areas in which the security measures are to be reviewed for implementation include: school management input with emphasis on security, assisting security agencies with credible information.
He said others comprise close monitoring of students’ and visitors’ activities, identifications of sympathizers of Boko Haram insurgents and any other relevant recommendations for effective protection of schools.
The Borno Commissioner of Education, Inuwa Kubo, also noted that there should be a synergy among the military, police and civil defense to protect all the schools and students.
He said the people should change their attitudes towards securing schools and liberated communities.
The chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers, Borno State chapter, Bulama Abiso, suggested that principals should be prepared to respond to emergencies, while teachers are trained on security tips.