By Augustine Ehikioya
To ensure peaceful and safe celebration at the Easter, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered intensive security patrols of all public spaces and critical National assets.
Specifically, the IGP ordered all State Commissioners of Police (CPs) and their supervising Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) to ensure adequate deployment of Police personnel, and operational assets to areas of security interest within their respective Areas of Responsibility (AoRs).
This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the Ag. Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
The statement said “The IGP equally ordered that supervising Officers should ensure confidence-boosting, proactive, and high visibility patrols are carried out along the highways, motor parks, train stations, airports, worship centres, recreation centres, banks, and other financial institutions while taking adequate measures to provide a peaceful, crime-free, and enabling environment for religious, cultural and other socio-economic activities to thrive.
“In addition, the Commissioners of Police and their supervising AIGs have been directed to ensure proper supervision of the men assigned for these assignments.
“They must be professional and courteous to law-abiding citizens but firm and ruthless to criminal elements who might want to take the advantage of the festive period to perpetrate their unholy acts.”
It went on “To this effect, the IGP Monitoring Unit and X-Squad have been given marching orders to monitor and police activities of Police Officers policing the highways to ensure respect for the rights of citizens and operational conformity with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Rules of Engagement (RoE) of the Force; the Complaint Response Unit, vis-à-vis Public Complaint Bureau, have equally been charged to respond swiftly to complaints received from the general public.”
The IGP also felicitated with Christians as they celebrate Easter.
“While felicitating with Nigerians, and the Christian community in particular, on the commemoration of the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the IGP appreciates the citizenry for their support and calls on them to continue to cooperate with the Nigeria Police and other security agencies by providing timely information that would help in the prevention and detection of crime,” the statement stated.