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250 mobile policemen allege neglect, seek redeployment

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No fewer than 250 mobile policemen who were deployed from Lagos to Niger State for special election duties have cried out to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris alleging abandonment.

The Guardian learnt that the men from four different units in Lagos were ‘deceived’ into believing that they were being taken to Niger State for election duties only to be dumped at Pandogari in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.

About 63 from each of the four Mopol units in Lagos were deployed on December 26, 2016 and have since been forgotten with no clear assignment given to them. “After spending some time in Pandogari, they moved us to the Police headquarters in Dutsen Kura, Minna and we have been sleeping on bare floors inside the Church, mosque and other available spaces at the police headquarters.

“We just idle away and have been doing nothing for close to four months now. We really don’t know why we are here. I don’t know if the IG is aware of our being here though they say he gave the order for our movement. You know he is from this state and we are afraid that he probably has other things in mind for us,” one of the policemen who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Guardian in Minna.

A visit to the police headquarters showed the men saunter around the premises discussing their plight, with many of them moaning the conditions of their families in Lagos and wondered why the police authorities would want to dump them in Niger.



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