The Yobe State Police Command on Monday replied Nigerian Army, saying military did not formally hand over the security of Dapchi town to the Police.
The Nigerian Army earlier on Monday clarified withdrawal of troops from the town and absolved self of blame, saying the security of the town was “formally handed over to police”.
But the command, in a statement by the commissioner of police, Sumonu Abdulmaliki, said the Army’s claim was far from the truth.
“The attention of the Yobe State Police Command has been drawn to Press Statement from Headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole subscribing that “Dapchi has been relatively calm and peaceful and the security of Dapchi town was formally handed over to the Nigeria Police Division located in the town”.
“The statement by the Military of formal handing over of Dapchi town to the Nigeria Police Division in Dapchi is not correct and untrue, as there was no time that the military informed the Police of their withdrawal, consult or handed over their locations in Dapchi town to the Police.
“The whole of Yobe State is still under Security Emergency which the Police, the Military and other security agencies are battling to ensure lasting peace.
“Members of the public in Yobe State are implored to disregard and discountenance this claim that the Military formally handed the security of Dapchi town to the Nigeria Police as untrue, unfounded and misleading.
“The Yobe State Police Command will continue to cooperate with other security agencies in ensuring safety and protection of lives and property of people of Yobe State,” Mr Abdulmaliki added.