Controversy trails Boko Haram attack on Police College in Borno
Gunmen belonging to Boko Haram terrorist group reportedly attacked Limankara village and some parts of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, including the Police Mobile Training School which was deserted some year ago.
Some reports claimed the insurgents abducted some mobile police officers.
Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume and Chairman Senate Committee on Army denied the report.
Ndume who hail from Gwoza and represents Borno South Senatorial District in said, the report is untrue, baseless and capable of causing fear and anxiety amongst the peaceful residents in the community.
According to him, “It is not true that some police officers were kidnapped in Limankara.
“In fact, there are no policemen in Limankara, we only have Military troops/Battalion in Limankara who are up and doing, and there is no attack of such nature. I will describe the reports as untrue and baseless.
“I have been receiving daily update on the efforts troops are doing to safeguard Limankara and other communities in Gwoza, and I am much impressed.
“The troops in Limankara are not only stationed in one place, we have them at the deserted Police Mobile Training School, some hills around those axis with sophisticated surveillance cameras and equipments to spot terrorists’ movement.
“So as far as I am concerned and as Chairman Senate Committee on Army who is privilege to have security information all over the country, Limankara community and other surrounding villages are calm and peaceful with Military Battalion stationed at strategic places who have been crushing fleeing Boko Haram insurgents crossing from Sambisa forest to the Mandara mountains of Cameroun on daily basis.”
Meanwhile, Borno State Commissioner of Police, Abdul Umar, confirmed there was indeed an attack on the Police Mobile Training School but no police officer was abducted as personnel were able to repel the terrorists.
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A statement signed by Umar reads; “The attention of the Borno State Police Command has been drawn to news making round on Social Media, alleging that undisclosed number of PMF personnel were abducted at the Police Mobile Training College, Gwoza.
“The Command wishes to categorically debunk the news, consider it as “fake news” and also to inform the general public that the insurgents, who attacked the PMF training college on the 13th January, 2022 at about 2022hrs were successfully repelled by our gallant officers and men.”
He said: “The police did not record a single casualty nor loss of firearms and no casualty on the part of the Police was recorded.”
Umar added that: “On this note, I am using this medium to call the attention of the general public to disregard any misleading information that may likely cause panic and disturb the peace of innocent citizens who are roaming endlessly in search of a greener pasture, and to assure them of our commitment, focus and determination toward bringing an end to the insurgency and other crimes and criminality in Borno State.”