Following warnings by the United States and United Kingdom Missions in Nigeria of plans by terrorist groups to carry out suicide bombings in the FCT and 6 Northern states, the Inspector General Of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has Ordered Commissioners Of Police and their Supervising AIGs in Charge Of Zonal and State Commands across the country to be On Red-Alert.
They are also to beef up security throughout the concerned states and other parts of the country
The IGP gave the order even as he reassured all Nigerians and Foreign Nationals in the mentioned states and other parts of the country of adequate security and enjoined them not to panic.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood giving details said, “Consequent on the recent Boko Haram attacks on soft targets in Adamawa and Borno States, it could be recalled that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris ordered all Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and their Supervising AIGs and their personnel nationwide to be on red-alert with effect from 21st November, 2017 to nip in the bud and prevent the spread of further attacks in the affected States and other States of the Federation.
“Notwithstanding, the recent cautions and warnings by US and UK missions in Nigeria of possible attacks by Boko Haram Insurgents on soft targets in FCT, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe, the IGP has re-emphasized and reinforced his directive to all Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and their Supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police and the entire personnel of the Force to remain on Red-alert and beef up security throughout the Country.
“For avoidance of doubt, the Commissioners of police in the Federal capital Territory (FCT), Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe States are under strict instruction by the Inspector General of Police to hold stakeholder meetings with the people, strengthen security in their Area of Responsibility (AOR).
“They are to carry out massive deployment of Police personnel and equipment in the identified vulnerable locations, perceived/prone soft targets in their AOR.
“They are also to ensure Twenty Four (24) hours Police Patrols of Mosques and Churches, Market, Schools, Motor parks, Hotels, recreation centres, Settlements, Villages, Towns and cities in the mentioned States.
“The operations which has commenced in the indicated States will continue throughout the month of December, 2017 and into the New Year and beyond.
“However, the Nigeria Police Force implores members of the public in the indicated States to go about their lawful businesses and other engagements without any apprehension and not to panic but to be cautious, vigilant and more security conscious.
“They should report promptly any untoward or suspicious happening to the nearest Police Station or formation.”
CSP JIMOH MOSHOOD, FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, FORCE HQ, ABUJA.