Militancy: Police to Deploy more Personnel to N/Delta

•Seeks mobile platforms, houseboat stations in creeks
•Navy, maritime agencies to harmonise working procedures
By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has concluded plans to deploy more personnel, especially the marine police, to help in Operation Delta Safe against the militants and other criminals in the region in collaboration with other security agencies.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, disclosed this on Wednesday when he paid a familiarisation visit to the Naval Headquarters, Abuja.

He said that he realised the need to deploy more police personnel to maintain security and help in the operation, after making a working visit to the Niger Delta region, including the troubled community of Gbaramatu in Delta State.

He however, noted that his men are short of the required expertise and logistics to thrive in the terrain.

To this end, the IGP solicited for support and specialised training from the Nigerian Navy for the marine Police, which are the only arm of the NPF designated for maritime security.