Borno state is now known to many as the centre for insurgents and even to a security agents it sends shivers to most of them as the terrorists terrorizing the state are not only said to be equipped, the motivation to kill is ideology driven.
Not surprising that an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) attached to the Central Police Station, Nnewi in the Anambra State Police Command, yesterday slumped after he heard of a directive from the Office of the Inspector General of Police (IG) posting him to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. Unconfirmed reports allege that some officers from other regions in Nigeria transferred to the troubled area had tendered their resignation from the force and others claim various degrees of illness for reasons not to be moved to the North.
The officer, of South-east extraction, according to reports, had less than a year left to retire from the service was among the 149 officers affected by the postings to different parts of the country.
The officer, however, was said to have been revived by doctors and other medical personnel at a private hospital in Nnewi where he was rushed to after he slumped. The transfer of almost 150 senior police officers serving in the state has cast a dark cloud on the entire command. Police officers are redeployed by the headquarters from time to time to the various stations nationwide but a transfer to Borno is now seen as death sentence to many who believe the north-east area is a no go.
Borno State is the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency, which has led to the death of over 12,000 Nigerians. Just 66 days ago, the terror sect abducted over 200 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.