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Ile-Ife Crisis Police IG deploys special force to restore peace

The police spokesman also said the Force would carry out 24 hours surveillance and patrol in the area.

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Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

(Nigeria Police Force)

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.

The Force Spokesman, CSP. Jimoh Moshood, on Thursday in Abuja, said SIF would be led by Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Mobile Force (PMF), Force Headquarters.

According to him, the force comprises of 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 spots in the state.

Moshood said members of SIF were on ground working in synergy with the Police Command in the state to ensure total peace and normalcy.

The Force image maker further that to achieve success in the operations, the Force would be proactive and strict in the enforcement of its mandate.

“The Force will ensure full enforcement of the curfew imposed on Ile-Ife and environs by the Osun Government,”he said.

The Force spokesman also said the Force would carry out 24 hours 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, made up of Personnel of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, FSARS, SIP and Osun Police Command CIID were already in Osun.

He added that the team was 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, parents to support the personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force.

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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 enjoined them to cooperate with the police in their localities.

Ile-Ife was recently engulfed in crisis, leading to loss of lives and destruction of property.

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