The Nigerian Police force says in furtherance of its determination to tackle new dimensions of crime especially kidnapping, armed robbery, drugs peddling, Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has ordered the deployment of specially trained Police K9 dogs to all railway stations in Nigeria.
He said the initiative is within the context of Operation Puff Adder and it is planned to complement the existing security measures emplaced for the security and safety of passengers and critical infrastructure of the Nigeria Railway Corporation across the country.
Mohammed Abubakar Adamu stated this in Abuja while flagging off the deployments.
He said that the utilization of the special breed dogs in combating crimes and sundry internal security threats in the 21st century cannot be overemphasized.
According to him, “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.
He explained that the deployment of Police dogs is therefore meant for detection or prevention crimes along the railway corridors.
“They also have commendable antecedent of successful anti-crime, crowd control and civil disorder management operations in the country.
While commending the officers and men of the K9 Section of the Nigeria Police for their resolve and commitment in ensuring that the maximum capabilities of these dogs are harnessed for the safety of our country.
He assured that “your welfare and that of your dogs will always be of priority to myself and the entire management team as you join this operation today.”
- Toheeb Jaiyeola is a graduate of Kwara state university, Malete. He is a versatile journalist with interest in Health, Politics and Environment.