Leadership (Abuja)

7 September 2012

Nigeria: IGP Sets Up Special Units for Telecom Equipment

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The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday directed all state commissioners of Police to set up special units to safeguard telecommunication installations across the country. He also ordered a 24-hour surveillance of all the installations.

The order, according to the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, DFPRO, Mr. Frank Mba, who made this known in a statement, is sequel to recent security development in some parts of the country where telecommunication equipment and installations have become targets of attacks and wanton destruction.

"Consequently, the IGP has directed all state commissioners of police to constitute a special unit in their respective commands, whose primary assignment will be to ensure the safety of telecommunication equipment and installations within their areas of jurisdiction.

"CPs are to further ensure that area commanders and DPOs in their commands replicate the constitution of such special units in their respective areas, to protect installations located within their territories. State commissioners of police are further directed to ensure that personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter-Terrorism Squads in their commands are constructively involved in this crucial assignment," Mba said

Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) have also been directed to supervise the activities all such units constituted by commissioners of police, to ensure strict compliance with the directives of the IGP. They are to constitute similar Units that will assist State Commands within their Zones. AIGs and CPs are to provide dedicated lines in their respective Commands, to enable public spirited Nigerians who may have useful information, to volunteer same to the Police.

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