APRIL 3, 2021
By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja/Sunny Nwankwo,Aba
The police authorities are deploying personnel across critical operational assets ahead of the Easter festivities.
They are being joined by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in ensuring security of lives and property during the period.
Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu in his Easter message directed the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and all State Commissioners of Police to deal ruthlessly with criminals.
He said high visibility patrols should be carried out along the highways, motor parks, train stations, airports, worship centers, banks and other financial institutions while taking adequate measures to provide a peaceful, crime-free and enabling environment for religious, cultural and other socio-economic activities to thrive.
He ordered “an intensive round-the-clock security of all public spaces and critical national assets,” Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba said in a statement yesterday.
Specifically, all State Commissioners of Police and their supervising Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) were asked to “ensure adequate deployment of police personnel – both covert and overt operatives, and other operational assets to areas of security interest within their respective areas of responsibility (AoRs).”
In addition,according to Mba, the Commissioner of Police and their supervising AIGs were directed to “ensure proper supervision of the men assigned for these assignments.
“They must be professional and courteous to law abiding citizens but firm and ruthless to criminals.
“To this effect, the IGP Monitoring Unit and X-Squad have been given marching orders to monitor and police activities of police officers policing the highways to ensure respect for the rights of citizens and operational conformity with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Rules of Engagement (RoE) of the Force”.
The IGP appreciated the citizenry for their support and called on them to continue to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies by providing timely information that would help in the prevention and detection of crime.
Adamu assured Nigerians that the Police will continue to do all within its powers to provide safety and security to Nigerians.
In Lagos,Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu, told his men to intensify patrol and other anti-crime strategies in order to protect lives and property during the Easter celebration.
Odumosu charged the officers to implement the operation order prepared for the celebration by ensuring adequate deployment of men to strategic places.
“These places include worship centers, parks for picnics and recreational arenas as many funseekers will be out to celebrate the Easter,” the commissioner said.
He, however, appealed to residents, especially funseekers to be moderate in their celebration and respect the laws of the land with no exception to the COVID-19 protocols.
Odumosu also warned them to desist from reckless driving and gross violation of traffic rules and regulations, particularly driving against the traffic (one way) and plying the BRT corridors.
“The police and other security operatives have been deployed across the state to enforce law and order,” he said.
Odumosu said that police detectives attached to Maroko Division on Thursday with officials from the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) had broken a “One-Chance” syndicate operating around Lekki axis.
The suspects arrested by LASTMA officials along Marwa Bus Stop Lekki, after robbing one Amarachi Isaac in their unregistered red Toyota Camry car.
SOURCE: THE NATION