Gombe State Police Command has said four stations, under the five Police Divisions in Bajoga Area Command, have been destroyed by Boko Haram during attacks in one year.
The Area Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Abimbola Sokoya, said this at Bajoga in Gombe North senatorial district on Friday during a familiarisation and assessment visit to the Command Headquarters by the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Austin Iwar.
According to him, “Our challenges are not hidden. The visits of insurgents to our communities were quite devastating. But thank God that we can shout; it is by His mercies that we were not consumed.
“Out of our five Divisions, we lost four stations to inferno orchestrated by the despicable acts of insurgents.
“If we can estimate the cost of property lost, the loss of our gallant officers and men are incalculable.”
He said none of the Divisions had been rebuilt till date and therefore, appealed to the state government, through the new CP, to help “rebuild the stations as well as renovate the Area Command Headquarters which is almost collapsing.
“Manpower depletion is a big challenge; many of our men have found their way out of the area command. We are pleading that our strength should be beefed up,” he added.
Responding, the new CP commiserated with the Area Command and called for a minute silence in honour of the fallen officers and men.
He urged the personnel not to be deterred in the discharge of their responsibilities as the insurgents would soon be brought to their knees.
He urged them to cultivate a strong relationship with their immediate communities as a way of driving the Police/public partnership and civilianisation of the Force which is the modern trend in policing.
“You should spend 80 percent of your time outside your offices and 20 percent in the office. In like manner, deploy 80 percent of the workforce to the field and retain only 20 percent in the offices,” he urged the Divisional Police Officers, DPOs.
He warned the DPOs against using primordial sentiments like tribal/ethnic considerations, and membership of religious faith/house of worship as yardstick for mobilising manpower for assignments
The CP, barely weeks in the state, said he would soon set up a ‘Police Performance Monitoring Unit’ to monitor each Division and individuals in them.