The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, on Tuesday in Abuja ordered water-tight security in all places of worship for the New Year celebration across the country.
Abubakar, in a New Year message, directed the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of Zonal commands across the country and Commissioners of Police in the 36 states to ensure the order was carried out.
He assured Nigerians of the readiness of the police to effectively provide adequate security for the country in the New Year.
He said that the various strategies adopted by the force in ensuring security in collaboration with the public were bound to yield positive result.
According to him, the police is making robust efforts to close up all channels of violent crimes in the country.
Abubakar said that public safety, fight against terrorism, rape, violence against women and children, capacity building and welfare of personnel would top priority of the force in the New Year.
He also pledged to tackle communal clashes.
The I-G called on youths to desist from acts capable of disrupting peace in the New Year and beyond and advised parents and guardians to continue to mentor their children and wards.
He thanked Nigerians for their support for the police, assuring that the police and other security agencies would live up to their mandate of providing security in the country. (NAN)