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#NEWS: Boko Haram sent 121 police officers home—police

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The nigerian police have derobbed 121 of at least 167 police officers who failed to appear for a counterterrorism training facility to avoid deployment against Boko Haram insurgents last week.

The derobbed 121 officers of the police rank-and-file were accused of committing mutiny and desertion, which caused Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris to ask for their dismissal immediately .

A directive has gone out for several police units where the dismissed officers were attached to immediately retrieve all police equipment in their possession and remove them from payrolls, according to a December 26 signal received by FACTSZONEMEDIA.

Their mass dismissal comes a day after the news of the large-scale desertion, eliciting renewed nationwide concerns about Nigeria’s progress in the Boko Haram war, which is now entering its tenth year of combating this national security challenge .

FACTSZONEMEDIA confirmed The 167 police officers whom confirmed as having absconded were amongst the 2,000 sent on a counter-insurgency training at the Nigerian Army Special Forces Training School in Buni Yadi, Yobe State.Too many of them disappeared after learning that they would be deployed in active combat against Boko Haram in communities where the insurgents are still raging, as against relatively peaceful settlements like Maiduguri metro area.

They were then declared wanted, amidst fears that they could be harmful because they did not submit the arms, and other police equipment in their possession before fleeing.

The nigerian police had firstly reacted on Wednesday night strongly denied that the officers absconded as revealed by their spokesperson Jimoh Moshood saying from the Force Headquarters that the 2,000 officers were still in the training centre ready for deployment against Boko Haram thugs.

The signals detailing the mass dismissal, which were authenticated by police chiefs at the top command, surfaced while the Nigerian Army contradicted the police’s claim that officers did not abscond from the training group .

The nigerian army said the police officers fled the training centre without permission, but added that many of them had been summarily caught and returned to the facility.

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