Attacks on MTN, Airtel, Others:IGP Orders 24-Hour Surveillance On Telecoms Facilities

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, has ordered a 24-hour surveillance of all telecommunication equipment and installations across the country. This order is sequel to recent security development in some parts of the country where these equipment and installations have become vulnerable and targets of reckless attacks and willful destruction. Reports in the media said MTN Airtel and other facilitities came under attack in Maiduguri, Kano,Bauchi and Gombe yesterday.

A statement this evening by Force Spokesman, Frank Mba said the IGP has directed all State Commissioners of Police to constitute a Special Unit in their respective Commands, whose primary assignment will be to ensure the safety of telecommunication equipment and installations within their areas of jurisdiction. CPs are to further ensure that Area Commanders and DPOs in their Commands replicate the constitution of such Special Units in their respective areas, to protect installations located within their territories. State Commissioners of Police are further directed to ensure that personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter-Terrorism Squads in their Commands are constructively involved in this crucial assignment.

The Force headquarters added that Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) have also been directed to supervise the activities all such Units constituted by Commissioners of Police, to ensure strict compliance with the directives of the IGP. They are to constitute similar Units that will assist State Commands within their Zones. AIGs and CPs are to provide dedicated lines in their respective Commands, to enable public spirited Nigerians who may have useful information, to volunteer same to the Police.

While assuring the public that the Police will do everything within its power to arrest this emerging security trend, the IGP appealed to members of the public to assist the Force with vital information touching on the activities of these hoodlums. He particularly enjoined traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leader and parents to keep watchful eyes on their environment and to report any strange movement to the local Police authority.