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We Lost 389 Officers Fighting Boko Haram In 11 Yrs – Borno Police Commissioner

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The Borno State Police Command says 389 officers lost their lives fighting the deadly Boko Haram terrorists in the past eleven (11) years.

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389 Police Officers Died Fighting Boko Haram

Commissioner of Police in the state, Abdu Umar, disclosed this during the inauguration of the newly constructed police station and barracks at Beneshiek, the headquarters of Kaga LGA of the state.

Located in the Northeast, Borno is one of the worst-hit states in the region as the country battles the decade-long insurgency that has destroyed many people and displaced thousands.

Umar said 450 officers were injured in the war against the insurgency.

The police commissioner said over 24 police barracks and 30 stations were razed or destroyed, while several pieces of equipment were carted away or destroyed by the terrorists.

“It would be recalled that at the height of the insurgency, precisely between 2011 and today, over 30 Police Stations/Formations and 24 Police Barracks were burnt or destroyed by insurgents,” he said.

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“389 Policemen lost their lives, over 450 Policemen were injured while several pieces of crime-fighting equipment were carted away or burnt.

“The losses suffered by Borno State Police Command attracted numerous interventions amongst which we are witnessing one of such interventions today.”

The police boss commended the efforts of Governor Babagana Zulum for rebuilding some of the vandalised police stations across the state.

He also lauded the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba-Alkali, for his intervention towards providing a conducive working environment, stressing that the Borno State Police Command would ensure proper utilisation of the facilities for maximum results.

The police boss appreciated donors and development organisations for their contributions towards rebuilding destroyed police facilities.

The donor agencies, he added, 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).

Meanwhile, Kanyi Daily reported that two officers were killed after gunmen attacked the Enugu police checkpoint.

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