Abuja, March 10, 2017 (TNE): The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris has deployed a Police Special Intervention Force (SIF) to Ile-Ife, Osun to restore lasting peace in the area.
Force Spokesman, CSP. Jimoh Moshood, said on Thursday in Abuja, that the SIF would be led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Mobile Force (PMF), Force Headquarters.
According to him, the force comprises five units of PMF, specially trained Anti Riot Policemen, five Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, and Conventional Policemen.
Others are Special Anti Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Technical Intelligence Unit, SIB, detachment of EOD, Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section).
He said that the operations of SIF covered entire Ile-Ife and environs, and other flash points in the state.
Moshood said members of SIF were on the ground, working with the Police Command in the state to ensure total peace and normalcy.
To achieve success in the operations, the Force would be proactive and strict in the enforcement of its mandate, he said.
“The Force will ensure full enforcement of the curfew imposed on Ile-Ife and environs by the Osun Government.”
The Force spokesman also said the Force would carry out a 24-hour surveillance and patrol, stop and search, continuous raids of identified criminal hideouts and black spots.
“The deployment of the personnel will equally cover communities, towns, villages, vulnerable points, government and private infrastructure and facilities in Ile-Ife and environs.”
He said the Joint Investigation Team, consisting of Personnel of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, FSARS, SIP and Osun Police Command CIID, were already in Osun, headed by a Commissioner of Police under the supervision of Deputy Inspector-General of Police (FCIID).
Moshood urged traditional rulers, religious leaders and public office holders, politicians, and opinion leaders, as well as parents to support the personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force.
The Force spokesman also urged them to prevail on their subjects, supporters, children and wards to do same.
Mosohood quoted Inspector-General of police as assuring law abiding citizens of their safety and asked them to cooperate with the police in their localities.
Ile-Ife was recently engulfed in a crisis, leading to loss of lives and destruction of property. (TNE)