121 Police Officers Sacked For Fleeing War Against Boko Haram
The Nigeria Police Force have sacked 121 of at least 167 police officers who absconded from a counter-terrorism training facility to avoid deployment against Boko Haram insurgents last week.
The fleeing policemen, who were part of the 2,000 Police Mobile Officers mobilised for the training preparatory to their deployment for combat against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, absconded from the ongoing training at the Special Forces School (SFS), Buni-Yadi, Yobe State.
They were accused of committing mutiny and desertion, prompting Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris to order their dismissal with immediate effect.
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 seen by Premium Times.
It was also gathered that many of the officers of the police rank-and-file disappeared after learning that they would be deployed in active combat against Boko Haram in communities where the insurgents are still virulent, 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, ammunition and other police equipment in their possession before fleeing.
The Nigerian army also confirmed that the police officers fled the training centre without permission, but added that many of them had been summarily caught and returned to the facility.