The Acting Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, on Wednesday ordered the immediate establishment of Tactical Operation Points, TOPs, in some selected states in the North-East and North- Western Nigeria.
This was announced in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
Mr. Mba said TOPs are part of the force’s strategic efforts to contain the illegal movement of small arms, light weapons
and other explosive materials. He said these TOPs will be manned by police officers who have received adequate training in tactical operation and counter-terrorism.
He said points will be established in various strategic locations, including highways in Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states.
Mr. Mba said the police chief 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 retraining of personnel performing this special operation.
The spokesperson said Mr. Abba is certain that the measure will enable the police force to halt further spread of violence in Nigeria and also frustrate the activities of insurgents and other criminals.
Mr. Mba said that the Nigerian police is determined to track and mop up illegal arms trade and arrest the unchallenged movement of explosive materials by hoodlums and other unpatriotic elements.
He also said the police will work in close collaboration with other security agencies in Nigeria and added that the Acting IGP vowed to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Nigerians enjoy maximum safety and security.
Mr. Mba said Mr. Abba called on the general public, particularly those in the North East and North West, to cooperate with the Police and see any inconvenience this operation may cause as a necessary sacrifice for the greater safety of all.