The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has ordered comprehensive operational strategies to beef-up security throughout the nation during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
To this end, an elaborate security arrangement has been put in place to ensure a hitch-free celebration nationwide.
The IGP during his end of the year meeting with Commissioners of Police and above directed all Commissioners of Police and their supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police to ensure adequate Safety of lives and property of all Nigerians during and after the period.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood said, “The IGP further re-emphasized same directives to all Commanders of Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS).
“In addition, Special Forces and specialized units of the Force, including Special Tactical Squad, Special Protection Unit, Border Patrol and Explosive Ordinance Department have been adequately mobilized and deployed along with the conventional Policemen throughout the country to beef up security in their Area of Responsibilities (AOR).
“Police Federal Highway Patrol Teams, Safer Highway and Divisional Patrol Teams have been mandated and are under strict instruction to be polite, civil but strict in ensuring security and safety of travellers and other road users on all the highways and major roads throughout the country.
“The IGP has equally directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police and Commissioners of Police to ensure that no roadblock is mounted anywhere in the country but to put in place visibility police patrol teams and crime prevention squads in their Area of Responsibilities (AOR) throughout the country to ensure safety and free passage for all travellers nationwide.
“The IGP further directed that all Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in all Zonal and State Commands and their personnel throughout the country to be on red alert and supervise their personnel to observe International Best Practices in carrying out their duties Nationwide.
“The personnel of the force will be on 24-hours round-the-clock surveillance and robust vehicular patrols throughout the Yuletide and the New Year.
“Particular attention and adequate police deployment will also be carried out on places of worship and venues of celebration including strategic public places, recreation centres, shopping malls, business plazas, motor parks, Government installations and other important locations so as to forestall any criminal activity and guarantee the safety of the citizenry”.
Meanwhile, the IGP on behalf of the Officers and men of the Force, rejoices with Christians in Nigeria as they join the Christendom in celebrating this year’s Christmas and enjoins them to practice the virtues of Jesus Christ by propagating peace, demonstrating love and forgiveness, as well as promoting harmonious coexistence amongst fellow citizens, irrespective of religious, ethnic or political leanings.
He also thanks Nigerians for their understanding and renewed cooperation with the Nigeria Police Force in the year 2017.
He therefore, calls on Nigerians to strengthen their partnership with the Force by providing useful information to the personnel of the Force deployed in their localities.
CSP Jimoh Moshood,
FPRO, Force Headquarters, Abuja.