Following a peaceful Christmas celebration, the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has directed Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police nationwide to ensure effective and efficient deployment of operational manpower during the New Year and Eid-el-Maulud celebrations.
Abba has also directed the AIG in charge of border patrol to ensure that the nation’s borders are effectively monitored to prevent cross-border crime.
The AIG in charge of police air wing was also directed to provide aerial patrol for the Federal Capital Territory and other states.
A statement yesterday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the directives were to ensure secure and hitch-free celebrations.
According to the statement, the IGP, in view of the current security challenges, urged worshippers both at Jumat and church services to take adequate measures to reduce the number of vehicles parked around their places of worship.
Operators of motor parks, shopping malls and recreational centres were also advised to work closely with the police and other security agencies, as they strive to strengthen general security in their various facilities.
“The Inspector-General of Police, on behalf of the entire officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, heartily felicitates with good people of Nigeria as we celebrate the New Year.
“While saluting the courage and gallantry of officers and men of the Force for their tireless services in protecting lives and property during the year, the IGP charges police personnel to continue to be civil in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
“He, however, warns that officers found acting contrary to the Force’s vision and mission will be appropriately sanctioned”.