The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has ordered Commissioners of Police (CPs) and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), to initiate and implement well-coordinated crime prevention strategies.
According to PM News, the police chief mandated his assistants to ascertain round-the-clock visibility patrols towards peaceful Christmas and New Year celebrations in the country.
IGP Usman Alkali Baba
The IGP said that achieving a crime and crisis-free Yuletide is of utmost priority to the Force and the nation at large, being the build-up into a new year.
Baba, in a release issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba assured citizens of adequate security throughout the time of the celebration and beyond.
He further noted that the AIGs and CPs have been directed to massively deploy human, intelligence and other operational assets of the Force at their disposal to all public places.
He ordered that the security will cover residential areas, places of worship, recreational centres, financial institutions, market places, motor-parks, major highways, airports, railway stations, amongst others, to protect the citizens and critical national infrastructure (CNI).
In addition, the IGP has warned Police personnel deployed for duties during the yuletide season, particularly those deployed to secure the highways across the country, to desist from acts detrimental to discipline and professionalism.
He also enjoined citizens to cooperate with officers deployed for the assignments especially by being law-abiding, noting that the Force remains sensitive to issues of rights violations, illegitimate use of force and has since deployed the Monitoring Unit, the X-Squad, and the Force Provost Unit on joint operation nationwide with a view to monitoring conducts of officers as citizens transit in and around the country during the festive season and holidays.
While congratulating Christians in the country on the occasion of the 2021 celebration of the birth of Christ, Baba thanked all Nigerians for supporting the police and the security community in the fight against crimes.
He enjoined citizens to go about the celebration in the spirit of love, sacrifice and to take protective measures to reduce exposure to security risks and the new wave of the COVID-19 variant.
Baba further emphasised that citizens should keep police emergency phone lines handy or contact the nearest police station in the event of any untoward situation that may pose threats to public peace, safety and security.
SaharaReporters, New York