JUST IN: Nigeria redeploys all police officers serving along Abuja-Kaduna Highway

FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers
FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers

The Nigeria Police has redeployed all police officers currently serving in different formations along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

According to a statement by Jimoh Moshood, the Nigeria Police spokesperson, the affected officers include all junior and senior police officers.

The affected officials include “Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, all other Officers, Inspectors and Rank and Files serving in the Police Divisions, Police Stations and out posts situated on Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria Highways …” Mr. Moshood, a chief superintendent of police, said.

“New Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, other superior Police Officers, Inspectors and Rank and Files have been posted to take over from the outgoing ones,” he added.

The police said the redeployments were to ensure “total success of operations Absolute Sanity currently ongoing on Abuja-Kaduna Highway aimed at routing out gangs of kidnappers and armed robbers terrorising Abuja-Kaduna Highway.”

The highway has become notorious for kidnappings and other criminal acts despite the high presence of security operatives there.

“The redeployment is to bring in new experience and fresh impetus to the fights against kidnappings, armed robberies and other violent crimes on these Highways, and ensure full execution of Operations Absolute Sanity’s strategies in achieving the stipulated mandates of the operations,” Mr. Moshood said.

The spokesperson also confirmed that a police inspector, Idris Musa, was given post-humous promoted promotion after he died in a battle against Boko Haram.

Read Mr. Moshood’s full statement below.

To ensure total success of operations Absolute Sanity currently ongoing on Abuja-Kaduna Highway aimed at routing out gangs of kidnappers and armed robbers terrorizing Abuja-Kaduna Highway, the Inspector General of Police has ordered the immediate redeployment of Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, all other Officers, Inspectors and Rank and Files serving in the Police Divisions, Police Stations and out posts situated on Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria Highways starting from Zuba Division in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to all Divisions and Police Stations and Posts in Niger State located along the Highway to Kaduna, and those other Police Divisions, Police Stations and Outposts throughout the Highways to Kaduna and Zaria City in Kaduna State.

New Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, other superior Police Officers, Inspectors and Rank and Files have been posted to take over from the outgoing ones.

The redeployment is to bring in new experience and fresh impetus to the fights against kidnappings, armed robberies and other violent crimes on these Highways, and ensure full execution of Operations Absolute Sanity’s strategies in achieving the stipulated mandates of the operations.

In another development, the Inspector General of Police has promoted post-humously late Inspector Idris Musa to the rank of an Assistant Superintendent of Police for act of bravery, gallantry and supreme sacrifice of losing his life in active service to his fatherland, Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force. The late Police Officer will be remembered as one of the heroes of the Nigeria Police Force in the fight against Boko-Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

It will be recalled that Inspector Idris Musa eventually died at about 0100hrs of 24th July, 2017 from injury he sustained along with two (2) other Police Officers who survived when they came under IEDs attack from the remnant of Boko-Haram insurgents who were moving out to attack public centres, place of worships and other locations in Kano metropolis in the early hours of 23rd of July, 2017.

The Inspector General of Police has directed that the late Inspector Idris Musa be given a befitting burial.


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  • FreeNigeria

    Is the police indirectly telling us, the policemen in the affected areas are criminals and can’t be trusted. Why not just flush them out completely

    • PolyGon2013

      Yes, that is what they are telling us. The police in that area are culpable.

      • The Nationalst

        Now that they have all been redeployed, they’ll take their kidnapping experience elsewhere and plant new kidnapping rings nationwide.

        We should learn to do things intelligently. Do a proper investigation and root out the bad eggs, instead of just sweeping it all under the nearest carpet.

  • Frank Bassey

    The locals accuse Police of conniving with kidnappers. Good people

  • tunde

    Constant redeployment of police rank and file is part of the solution to endemic corruption that plagued police department for years because the inspector general acknowledged the time for state police is not now.

  • Bigtin

    Do same for Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja-Okene Rd.

  • marc umeh

    This should be an on-going process in the police force. In a country where corruption permeates every nook and corner of the society , redeployment should be a weapon of choice.
    This should not be news