The Inspector General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, has ordered that security be beefed up nationwide ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The directive came on the heels of a suicide bomb attack at a motor park in Gombe State on Monday, which left scores dead and several others injured.
A statement issued on Monday in Abuja by the Force Spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the security beef up will not be limited to land, as the airways and waterways will also be policed.
The statement reads: “The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands to put in place extended police visibility and patrols taking into consideration their peculiar security situation in order to protect the citizens as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year season.
“As part of efforts to ensure adequate security, the following units have also been deployed -Police Mobile Force, Special Protection Unit, Counter Terrorism Unit, Explosive Ordinance Department, Dog Section, and Mounted Troop.
“The Police Air wing will carry out air surveillance patrols, while the Marine Police will ensure a sustained patrol of all water ways.
“The IGP while commending his officers for their tireless and selfless service to the nation, urged Christians to practice the virtues of Jesus Christ by propagating peace, demonstrating love and forgiveness.
“Also, operators of public places have been advised to be vigilant and ensure they screen all visitors and users of their facilities during this yuletide celebration”.