The Nigeria Police on Monday denied the claim that it handed over to the Nigeria Police in Dapchi, Yobe State before redeploying its troop prior to the kidnap of 110 schoolgirls from Government Technical College, Dapchi.
The Nigerian Army had in a statement by the spokesman of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military arm battling the Boko Haram insurgency, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said it handed over security in the town to the police.
Nwachukwu said the troops were redeployed to the border between Nigeria and Niger to tackle more pressing security challenges.
But the police in a statement by the Commissioner of the Yobe State Command, Abdulmaliki Sumonu, said the military lied.
Sumonu said in the statement: “The attention of the Yobe State Police Command has been drawn to Press Statement from Headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole subscribing that ‘Dapchi has been relatively calm and peaceful and the security of Dapchi town was formally handed over to the Nigeria Police Division located in the town’.
“The statement by the Military of formal handing over of Dapchi town to the Nigeria Police Division in Dapchi is not correct and untrue, as there was no time that the military informed the Police of their withdrawal, consult or handed over their locations in Dapchi town to the Police. The whole of Yobe State is still under Security Emergency which the Police, the Military and other security agencies are battling to ensure lasting peace.
“Members of the public in Yobe State are implored to disregard and discountenance this claim that the Military formally handed the security of Dapchi town to the Nigeria Police as untrue, unfounded and misleading.
“The Yobe State Police Command will continue to cooperate with other security agencies in ensuring safety and protection of lives and property of people of Yobe State.”