Niger State Police Commissioner, Mr. Abubakar Marafa has stated that no fewer than 5000 police officers and men would be deployed during the Christmas celebration.
According to the police boss, the personnel would be deployed to places of worship, markets and recreation centers across the state.
Speaking to newsmen in Minna, Marafa said patrol and surveillance activities are being intensified for the safety of the lives and property of people throughout the festive season.
Marafa who spoke on the activities of the police in the state stated that they are currently winning the war against criminals and their activities adding that cattle rustling, youth gangsterism, kidnapping and highway robbery have been reduced to the barest minimum.
He said that 1,986 suspects were arrested for major crimes in the state while 889 cattle, 114 sheep and goats and 14 donkeys were recovered from cattle rustlers in 2015.