A marching order has been given to all Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police in charge of the 12 Zonal, 36 state Commands and the FCT to personally take charge of security by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar, on Sunday.
Abubakar, who gave the order in his Christmas message, ordered water-tight 24-hour security for all government installations and strategic facilities nationwide throughout the yuletide.
Among places to enjoy increased security protection are vulnerable points including financial houses, shopping malls, motor parks, places of worship and recreation centres were adequately protected before, during and after the celebrations.
According to him, the measure is to ensure a crime-free Christmas and enable holiday makers, worshippers and the general public carry out their activities in an atmosphere of peace.
“In addition, Commanders of Police Highway Patrol Teams have been directed to ensure that motorised patrols on our highways targeted at crime and accident prevention are intensified to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful celebration.
While also disclosing the deployment of policemen on the nation’s highways, the IG implored highway patrol officers to comport themselves and act within the confines of the law and be firm even as he cautioned them to be be polite, civil and professional, and respect the fundamental rights of the citizens at all times.
“Police men deployed on our highways have also been directed to render necessary assistance to travellers and road users, especially accident victims and those who may suffer vehicular break down,” he said.