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Published On: Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

Boko Haram: 20 officers still missing after Gwoza attack – IGP

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Nigeria’s acting Police Chief, IGP Suleiman Abba

Nigeria’s acting Police Chief, IGP Suleiman Abba

By Lawrence Olaoye

Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, yesterday disclosed that about 20 of his men are still missing since the attack on the Police Training School, Gwoza, Borno State, by the Boko Haram insurgents.

35 officers had initially been declared missing by the Police authorities after the attack in August.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after a meeting with Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, Abba stated that even as some officers have been found, his men would stop at nothing to ensure that every missing officer is traced and rescued.

“Well, I must tell you that the turnout of those missing is still impressive because we have been able to trace some of the officers who have reported either back to their bases or their families. When you go through what they went through, the likelihood of you knowing what to do is not very tenable. There is a possibility that the decision of what to do may not be easily comprehensible. So, some went back to their homes; but our concern is that they are in safety and the process of bringing them back to their units has already commenced”, he stated.

Asked to state the exact number of officers still missing, he said: “I must tell you it’s just less than 20, but we are still concerned with every one of them and unless we are able to account for each and everyone of them, we will not relent in the efforts of tracing them”, he further stated.

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