Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered the immediate deployment of sniffer dogs at the country’s airports.
According to Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, this is in line with international best practice and the IGP’s sworn resolve to drastically reduce crime, provide and maintain safety and security of persons, protect vulnerable and critical government infrastructure as well as reduce possibility of arms smuggling through the facilities.
“At the official flag off ceremony at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the IGP, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations, DIG Zuokumor Michael stated that the sniffer-dogs will, among other things, be used for detecting explosives, rescue operations, perimeter patrols, patrols of parking lots and the apprehension of offenders resisting or attempting to evade arrest,” Mba stated.
“He (Abubakar) charged the dog handlers to respect the fundamental rights of the citizens and also work in collaboration with other security agencies towards providing effective security at the Airports. The IGP also called for the cooperation of the general public, assuring them that his administration would do all that is necessary to provide them with optimum security.”
The first phase of the deployment of the sniffer-dogs has commenced with the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport I and II, Lagos and the Port-Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
Others facilities are Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Jos Airport and Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.
– CAJ News