The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday deployed Police dogs to railway stations across the county to curtail kidnapping and other related criminal offence.
According to the IGP, deployment is expected to complement the existing security measures put in place for the security and safety of passengers and critical infrastructure of the Nigeria Railway Corporation across the country.
The dogs are for patrols, surveillance, detection and apprehension of criminals in and around railway facilities.
Speaking during the flag-off of K9 deployment to all railway stations, the IGP said: “Indeed, K9 are known to possess extra-ordinary capacity for detection of Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs), narcotics and other illicit drugs, firearms and other prohibited items which criminals usually engage for the perfection of their criminal activities.
“By this event today, our plan is to maximize our unique K9 strength to complement other sections that have been deployed as part of the broad policing architecture which we recently emplaced towards addressing our internal security challenges.
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“This unprecedented deployment was designed to address the manpower gap of the Command and reposition them to address vulnerabilities, projected threats, and security challenges which the increasing human traffic and expanding assets of the Nigeria Railway Corporation may present.
“With today’s initiative, passengers, staff, and indeed, all the citizens of this country can further be re-assured of their security as they patronize the services of the Nigerian Railway Corporation.”
He said, “We encourage all citizens to embrace the concept of ‘if you see something, say something’. Indeed, our appeal now is ‘if you suspect something, say something’. This is a civil obligation of all citizens and this is the most potent weapon towards collectively winning the war against elements bent on threatening our security.”
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