The statement signed by the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, added further that the Commissioners of Police and police personnel in the affected states were placed on alert, adding that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations was dispatched to Benue to coordinate and supervise the implementation of the new security strategies put in place by the force.
He also said that conventional police personnel, Counter Terrorism Unit, Police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) teams were deployed to Benue and Rivers to work with the personnel on the ground.
Moshood said the deployments were to bring new energy to the efforts to end attacks in those states, just as he disclosed that eight suspected gunmen arrested at the scene of the killings in Benue were being prosecuted.
The police spokesman said the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 4, Makurdi, and Zone 6, Calabar, were mandated by the Inspector General of Police to convene meetings in the affected states.
He added that the police chieftains were also to supervise police investigation and intelligence teams, and other police special squads deployed to the two states.
“The Force implores the people to be vigilant and security conscious. They should promptly report suspicious acts or persons to the nearest police detachment or station for prompt action to avert untoward incidents,” the statement stressed.