Abuja - Twenty seven policemen missing
after terrorists attacked Gwoza in Borno in August, 2014, are yet to be
declared dead, Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said on Tuesday.
Arase disclosed this while responding to questions from
newsmen after inaugurating the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Police
Property Development and Construction Company Ltd. (NIPPDCC).
The I-G explained that the police would follow its tradition
of declaring officers that got missing in battle dead after the lapse of a
period of time which he declined to give.
"About our colleagues, who are missing in Gwoza, there is a
tradition in the police force.
"When officers are missing in battle, we do not declare
them dead or missing until after a period has lapsed.
"So, we are still waiting for that period to lapse, and if
we cannot find them after that time, then, we will formally declare them either
dead or missing,’’ Arase said.
It would be recalled that 35 policemen were declared missing
on Aug. 20, 2014 after the insurgent attacked Gwoza, where one of the police
training schools is located.
However, on 26, 2014, the Police spokesman, CP Emmanuel
Ojukwu, told newsmen that eight of them were found, leaving 27 still missing.
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Earlier, he said that the current police management was
passionate about the welfare of the inspectors, rank and file, who were mostly
Arase stressed that the welfare of those categories of personnel
needed to be given priority to ensure that corruption was stamped out of the
He announced that 36,000 of them would by next week proceed
on training that would lead to their promotion to the next rank.
"We have a social contract with our inspectors, rank and
file,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seven-man
board is chaired by the Inspector-General of Police.
NAN also recalls that the I-G, on June 4, mandated the
Police Works Department to build 6,000 units of modern houses for the rank and
Five hundred units of the houses are to be located in each
of the 12 police zonal commands across the nation.