•Beef up security at worship centres, public spaces
•To embark on show-of-force, 24-hours crime prevention patrol
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris , has ordered for an all out raid of flashpoints and criminal hideouts across the country.
He said the Commissioners of Police (CP) are to also work with community/religious leaders, other stakeholders and public spirited individuals to nip in the bud crimes and criminalities in their Area of Responsibilities (AOR).
To this end, Idris has instructed all CP in charge of State Commands and their Supervising Assistant Inspectors General (AIG) of Police and other Police Formations nationwide to be on red-alert with immediate effect to nip in the bud and prevent crimes and criminalities in their States.
The Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Saturday night, said the directive from the IGP is consequent on the recent ambush attack and killing of seven Policemen at Galadimawa roundabout, FCT, Abuja on July 02, 2018 by armed robbers /bandits.
Moshood reminded that the Police Chief had set-up a team of Specialized Crack Investigation Detectives, Police Scene of Crime Experts and Technical Intelligence Unit of the Force to investigate the ambush attack and killing of seven Policemen.
He added that the investigation team have so far arrested five suspects connected to the killings but stressed “the need to beef-up security throughout the country to enhance and ensure adequate security and protection of lives and properties across the Nation”.
To this end, he said, “the AIG of Police in charge of Zonal commands and Commissioners of Police in State Commands are under strict instruction of the IGP to re-gird their crime prevention and control strategies, and carryout massive deployment of Police personnel and logistics to strengthen security in their AOR and deal decisively with suspected criminal elements”.
According to Moshood, particular attention is to be placed on places of worship, schools, markets, venues of recreation and other public spaces to forestall any untoward incident.
He said that the ongoing raids of criminal hideouts and black spots will be sustained throughout the Country.
He also disclosed that the show of force exercise and confidence building patrols will also be embarked upon.
The Force PRO implored members of the public to cooperate with the Police personnel deployed in their localities.
He assured that the renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to sustain the tempo of the fight against violent crimes and other criminalities in the country and guarantee protection of Lives and Property remains unequivocal and unwavering.