IGP Orders Strengthening Of Security At Worship Centres, Bans Street Hawking On Abuja Roads

Solomon AraseThe Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, has directed State Commissioners of Police to strengthen security at all Mosques, Churches and other worship centers across the country.

According to a statement issued by Force Headquarters on Monday evening, adequate security has also been ordered for venues where Moslems break-fast in the evenings.

The statement, which advised worshipers to be vigilant and promptly report to the Police any suspicious persons or substance found in or around their environment, also announced a ban on street hawking and all forms of trading on Abuja roads/Highways.

The ban is specifically directed at street hawkers and traders, who parade their wares at road intersections, traffic light points and traffic hold-ups.

“In the same vein, unauthorized Taxi Parks and Bus Stops formed around the Federal Secretariat, Abuja is now prohibited. Only bus and taxis painted in authorized commercial colours would be allowed to operate at designated taxi parks and bus stops in and around the Central Area, Abuja”, the statement said.

It also warned that violators would be arrested and prosecuted just as Police units have been directed to enforce the relevant laws in this regard.