Nigeria Police Force has revealed a joint search and rescue mission, involving the Police, military, and other law enforcement agencies to safely rescue abducted students in Niger State.
The Police Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, February 18, in Abuja.
Mba said the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, had ordered the deployment of additional tactical, intelligence, and investigative assets of the force for the rescue operation.
According to him, four units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) attached to Operation Puff Adder II, one Unit of Police Special Forces; personnel of the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU); and operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau have been deployed.
He said that personnel of the Force Criminal Investigations Department; as well as one Police aerial surveillance helicopter, had also been deployed.
He said the Police component of the search and rescue operation was being coordinated by the Commissioner of Police in charge of Niger.
He said the Commissioner was effectively harnessing all deployed resources; and working in collaboration with the Military as well as other law enforcement agents.
The FPRO said the idea was to ensure intelligence-driven; focused; and result-oriented ground; as well as aerial surveillance in the rescue operations; and also bring the perpetrators to book.
Mba said the IGP called for calm and enjoined members of the community to provide the joint mission; with information that could assist in the ongoing search as well as rescue operations.