Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has assured Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Borno State of adequate security to enable them return to their homelands.
The IGP gave the assurance during the flag-off ceremony of the police medical outreach and distribution of relief materials to IDPs at the Muna camp in Maiduguri.
Idris said that Borno State is the second state he is visiting since his appointment, noting that the state remains dear to his heart as he had spent over five years there as mobile police force commandant.
The acting IGP was accompanied to the camp by the Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Mohammed Babandede, the Commandant General of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mohammed Gana Amadu and Comptroller General of Nigerian Prison, Mohammed Japana.
He said that he came along with the other security chiefs in order to facilitate the deployment of security personnel back to the liberated areas so as to help the troops on ground in maintaining order and restoring civil authority in the areas.
He said that the medical outreach is to provide succour to the IDPs.
Idris said in order to effectively fight crime and criminality, the police is going to establish forensic laboratory in all police divisions, create data base and work closely with the National Identity Management Commission.
The security heads had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, at the Government House where the governor commended the unity of purpose among the security agencies, demonstrated by the visit of their various heads to the state.
Shetima lamented that Borno State was treated as if it was not part of the nation during the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan, adding that at a point 22 local government areas were taken by the insurgents and that the state capital, Maiduguri, was at the verge of falling under Boko Haram as they repeatedly attacked the town.
He said the trend however changed with the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari as the military started recording successes and reclaiming all the occupied communities.