The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has called on all Nigerians to be extra vigilant as the country is in a war situation.
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Investigations), Mr Peter Gana, who represented the IG during a stakeholders’ meeting on the security situation at the Police Officers’ Mess, Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday, noted that “we are in a war situation and we need to be mobilised. We want to urge all of you to be more security-conscious”.
According to Mr. Abubakar, criminals including terrorists, are not spirits but human beings and live in communities with other Nigerians, therefore, “You are our eyes in the community”, he said, urging the general public to always give the police useful information because “we are ever there for you”.
The police boss added that “Everyone is supposed to police wherever he lives. It is better to raise false alarm than allow the worse to happen. We are happy with the Lagos State government who has highly mobilised the police; so whenever you suspect anything, contact the police immediately”.
He also advised those in the hospitality business to educate their staff on security matters.
“The hotel management can help us police the state by reporting. Private security operators and National Union of Road Transport workers (NURTW) can help us police the state by giving us information”, Abubakar said.
Mr. Gana, who was accompanied by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), zone 2, Mr Mamman Tsafe, and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Manko, said the police high command was willing to take advice from members of the public.