Plateau Crisis: IGP Deploys Surveillance Helicopter To Restore Order

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the deployment of additional operational asset including a police surveillance helicopter to Plateau State.

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The order was contained in a statement issued by Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, today. He said that 33 suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack that led to the death of some travelers along Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

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The statement read:

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“As part of ongoing coordinated efforts at restoring public order in Rukuba and its environs, following the unfortunate incident of Saturday 14th, August 2021, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered the deployment of additional operational asset including a Police Surveillance Helicopter, two units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and two cells of Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) to Plateau State.

“The surveillance helicopter, manned by operatives of Nigeria Police Airwing, is expected to carry out aerial surveillance and confidence-boosting patrols within the hotspots, in coordinated operations with the ground troops.

“The IGP noted that 13 additional suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident, bringing the total number of arrested persons to 33. He assured that the NPF is committed to working with other patriotic stakeholders toward restoring public order in Plateau and other parts of the country.

“Meanwhile, the Head of the Police Intervention Team (PIT), DIG Sanusi N. Lemu, mni, is already on the ground in Plateau, coordinating Police investigative, operational and peace-building response.”

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