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The Nigeria Police Force will begin the deployment of personnel to areas liberated by the Nigerian Army in Yobe next week in its bid to re-establish civil authorities.

DIG Sotonye Wakama, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations, made the disclosure at a meeting with stakeholders in Damaturu on Saturday.

He said the conventional police would resume duties while units of mobile police force would also be established in Gujba, Gulani and Yunusari local government areas.

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The DIG said the police would take over patrols, cordon and search operations from the army in the affected local government areas.

He also said the police would engage in electronic mopping of the areas to clear possible mines.

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“They will also set fire on the bushes to clear farmlands of buried mines for the safety of farmers,” he said.

Wakama, however, solicited the cooperation of other security organisations, religious, community leaders and the public.

He said the cooperation of all would assist in restoring confidence in relocating communities and in consolidating the success recorded in the fight against insurgency.

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The DIG said the police had trained its personnel on respect for human rights and rules of engagement to ensure the success of the exercise.

He added that the force had provided minimum level of comfort for policemen in the affected areas to enhance their duties and productivity. (NAN)