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Over 380 officers died fighting Boko Haram in 11 years – Police

Police Commissioner Abdu Umar made the disclosure on Saturday at the inauguration of a constructed police station and barracks at Beneshiek, headquarters of Kaga Local Government Area of the state.

389 policemen lost their lives while 450 others were injured in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency from 2011 to date, the Police Commissioner in Borno, Abdu Umar, has disclosed.

He said that over 24 police barracks and 30 stations razed or destroyed, while several fighting equipments carted away or destroyed by the terrorists.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba-Alkali, inaugurated the edifice as part of his working visit in the state.

Mr Umar said that, “it will be recalled that at the height of the insurgency, precisely between 2011 and today, over 30 Police Stations/Formations and 24 Police Barracks burnt or destroyed by the insurgents.

“389 policemen lost their lives, over 450 policemen injured while several crime fighting equipment carted away or burnt.

“The losses suffered by the Police Command in the state attracted numerous interventions amongst which we are witnessing one of such interventions today,” he said.

He commended the IGP for his interventions towards providing conducive working environment and bringing the service of the police closer to the people, adding that the command would ensure proper utilisation of the facilities for maximum result.

He also lauded the state government for its support to the police, adding that the government reconstructed some of the vandalised police stations across the state.

The commissioner further commended donors and development organisations for helping rebuild destroyed police structures and other facilities in the state.

He listed the organisations to include the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative, Victim Support Fund (VSF), Nigeria Police Trust Fund, North-East Development Commission (NEDC), North-East Regional Initiative (NERI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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