By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA — As part of measures to contain the illegal movement of small arms and light weapons and other explosive materials, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered immediate establishment of Tactical Operation Points, TOP, in select states of the North East and North West.
The points, which will be manned by policemen with adequate training in tactical operation and counter-terrorism, would be established in various strategic locations, including highways in Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states.
Consequently, the IGP has charged all Assistant Inspectors -General of Police, AIGs, in charge of the zones covering the affected states and all Commissioners of Police in charge of these states to ensure close supervision and constant re-skilling of the personnel performing the special operation.
Force spokesman, ACP Frank Mba, noted in a statement that the IGP was optimistic that the latest measure will enable the Force halt further spread of violence in the land and frustrate the activities of insurgents and other criminals.
He pointed out that the Force was determined to track and mop up illegal arms and arrest the unchallenged movement of explosive materials by hoodlums and other unpatriotic elements.
While noting that the Police would always work in close collaboration with other security forces in the land, the IGP vowed that the Force would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the citizens of Nigeria enjoyed maximum safety and security in their own country.
Abba, however, called on the general public, particularly those in the North East and North West, to co-operate with the Police to achieve greater safety for all.