Daily Trust (Abuja)

24 November 2012

Nigeria: 103 Cops Trained On Counter - Terrorism in Niger

No fewer than 103 police officers yesterday graduated from the Niger Mobile Police Command upon the completion of their counter-terrorism training in Minna.

The officers, who were drawn from the four Area Commands of Bida, Kontagora, Minna and Suleja, were trained in handling AK 47 rifle safety, stripping and assemblage of rifle and several other weapon handling functions.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Niger Police Commissioner, Mrs Desire Nsirim, told the graduating officers that their training was very important to the command efforts at combating terrorism within the state boundaries.

She declared: "Considering the importance and the necessity attached to the issue of combating terrorism, 103 officers from the four Area commands in the state were drafted for the training.

"To whom much is given, much is expected, so we have high expectations from you and be sure to be posted to stand by positions when the need arise.

"In line with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police for continuous training, the training shall be a continuous one with different specialisation areas so that our officers will be up to date with weapon handling and counter-terrorist training."

She also said the scheme was part of the police proactive strategies against all criminal elements.

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