The President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd) is expected to visit Yola, the Adamawa State capital, tomorrow to console the family of the late Ahmed Joda.
Joda, a former top federal civil servant who rose to become what Nigerians called super permanent secretary in the 1970s and who headed the committee that planned Buhari’s transition to the Presidency in 2015, died last Friday at 91.
It was announced that Buhari would be in the Yola home of Ahmed Joda on Friday, August 20, and the state Police Command announced Thursday that it is deploying officers and men and other operational assets to protect the President.
“In an effort to sustain the existing public order and public safety in the state, the Commissioner of Police, CP Aliyu Adamu Alhaj, has ordered the deployment of additional operational assets, including Police Surveillance and Operational teams, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), and Crowd/Traffic Control Units,” the command said in a statement issued by police imagemaker, DSP Suleiman Nguroje.
The statement added that, “The teams are expected to carry out covert surveillance as well as confidence-building patrols within the state in conjunction with sister security agents.”
The command gave assurance of appropriate synergy among all security agencies, which it said will come into play while the president’s visit lasts.
“NPF is committed to working with other patriotic stakeholders towards ensuring public order in the state before, during and after the visit of Mr President,” the command stated.