The Borno State Police Command on Wednesday says that it had deployed about 5,000 officers to ensure adequate security in the state during the Eid-El-Fitr celebration.
The state’s commissioner of Police, Mr Damian Chukwu, stated this at a news conference at the command’s headquarters in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Mr Chukwu said the personnel were drawn from the Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) unit and the police intelligence unit would be deployed to worship centres and places of social gathering during the celebration.
He said units of Federal Anti-Robbery Squad with armoured vehicles and sniffer dogs, would be stationed in the most strategic places to prevent crime and lawlessness.
Mr Chukwu cautioned residents to ensure that they observe their Eid prayer in one of the 16 designated worship centres approved by the government.
Chukwu said the show of force displayed by men of the command was to rekindle the confidence of the people in safeguarding lives and properties.
The Commissioner of Information in the State, Dr Muhammad Bulama, had earlier announced a two days curfew and a ban on vehicular movement in Maiduguri and its environs starting from Friday, as part of measures to prevent attacks from insurgents.