Police deploys exceptionally-trained Police Dogs, (K9) to Railway stations across the country

Police deploys exceptionally-trained Police Dogs, (K9) to Railway stations across the country
June 25 16:27 2019 Print This Article

By Martin Odiete

In continuation of their efforts to improve security operations across the country, the Nigeria Police has deployed specially trained Police Dogs, tagged K9 to man every Railway stations in Nigeria.

Speaking in a special deployment ceremony on Tuesday, the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu says the initiative of the K9 is also within the context of the Operation Puff Adder which he maintained has recorded tremendous success so far in the task of fighting crime in Nigeria.

In his address at the occasion, the IGP emphasized on the importance of the usage of the trained Dogs saying, “The deployment of special breed and exceptionally-trained police dogs for security duties is as old as human civilization. Hence, their utilization in combating crimes and sundry internal security threats in the 21st century cannot be over emphasized. 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. The deployment of Police dogs is therefore meant for detection or prevention crimes along the railway corridors. Their brief shall be for patrols, surveillance, detection and apprehension of felons in and around railway facilities,”

The Nigeria Police prides itself as having one of the most equipped, experienced, highly-trained, and functional K9 Section. They also have commendable antecedent of successful anti-crime, crowd control and civil disorder management operations in the country. Indeed, it is on record that the Nigeria Police Force Animal Branch has been instrumental to the training and development of similar branches for other security agencies in the country.

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. It will be recalled that prior to this time, about one thousand additional police personnel were deployed to the Nigeria Police railway Command. 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.

IGP Adamu also stressed that the Nigeria Police is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the country is safe for all to leave in, while encouraging Nigerians to form the habit of monitoring their environment.

“I can also assure that all the assets of the Police shall continually be mobilized and deployed towards denying criminal elements of any space to operate in any location in the country. We however, continually solicit the cooperation of all. 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,” he said.

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