The Nigeria Police on Monday night contradicted a statement from the army that soldiers were withdrawn from Dapchi town in Yobe state only after the security of the community was handed over to the police.
The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, had in a statement signed by the deputy director, Public Relations, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, stated that troops earlier stationed in Dapchi were redeployed to reinforce troops at Kanama following attacks on troops’ location at the Nigerian – Nigerien border.
According to the statement, “This was on the premise that Dapchi has been relatively calm and peaceful and the security of Dapchi town was formally handed over to the Nigeria Police Division located in the town. Troops’ redeployment was therefore done in tandem with the exigencies of operation and not as misconstrued.
“It is thus obligatory to state that the allegation reportedly attributed to the Governor of Yobe state is misleading and misinforming. We reiterate our commitment and determination to carrying out our mandate to fight Boko Haram terrorists in the north east.
“We also implore members of the public to continue to support us with credible information on the whereabouts of the Boko Haram terrorists. We would also like to assure the parents, government and the good people of Yobe State and indeed members of the public that we will not rest on our oars in the search and rescue of the abducted school girls and any other persons held captive by the terrorists.”
The Commissioner of Police in Yobe state, Sunmonu Abdulmaliki, said that “the statement by the military of formal handing over of Dapchi town to the Nigeria Police Division in Dapchi is not correct,” adding that “there was no time that the military informed the police of their withdrawal, consulted or handed over their locations in Dapchi town to the Police”.
In a statement, Abdulmaliki stressed that the police have always cooperated with other sister agencies, including the military because Yobe state is still under security alert as part of the ongoing war against Boko Haram.
According to him, “The whole of Yobe State is still under Security Emergency which the police, the military and other security agencies are battling to ensure lasting peace.
“Members of the public in Yobe State are implored to disregard and discountenance this claim that the military formally handed the security of Dapchi town to the Nigeria Police as untrue, unfounded and misleading.”