Written by Nicholas Kalu, Abuja
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, ordered uninterrupted, watertight security across the country ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations.
He instructed Adam to all the Assistant Inspector General of Police and Police Commissioners in charge of zone and state commands across the country to ensure a peaceful celebration.
The IGP has called for proactive high-visibility patrols across the country.
The Force’s public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba, made the announcement in a statement Thursday in Abuja.
Mba said that the IGP equally instructed strategic officers to ensure the mass deployment of intelligence and other operational forces, especially on the main highways, airports, railway stations, recreation centers, motor parks, places of worship, financial institutions, among others.
“They should also ensure that deployed personnel are adequately supervised for the sake of ultimate professionalism in the performance of their duties. He warned that acts bordering on indiscipline, extortion and intimidation of passengers and other road users would not be approved.
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“Congratulating Christians in the country as they join other believers around the world to celebrate the symbolic anniversary of the birth of Christ, the IGP expressed deep gratitude to all Nigerians for their support to the police and other security agencies in the fight against crime in the country. He assured the improvement of the provision of police services and security in general in the coming 2021.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has instructed Nigerians to take precautionary measures to reduce exposure to security risks and the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed that citizens should avoid night travel, speeding, congestion, stopping on lonely highways and unnecessary boasting of personal information / wealth on social networks. Citizens are also ordered to voluntarily adhere to COVID-19 prevention regulations and protocols to prevent further spread of the virus.
“The IGP, on behalf of the entire Force officers, wishes the Nigerians a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in advance,” the statement said.