BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has directed Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in zonal and State Commands nationwide to be on ground to beef up security.
They are to specifically carryout massive deployment of Police personnel on Police visibility patrols, crowd controls, and adequate protection and safety at all Eid praying grounds and other venues of celebration in their areas of responsibilities.
This is just as the police high command has equally placed Commissioners of Police and their personnel in the North-east geo-political zone and other flash points states on red alert.
IGP Idris while felicitating and rejoices with Muslim faithful throughout the country on the occasion of this year Eid-el-Kabir celebration, said the directive to the Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in Command positions is to ensure a hitch free celebration.
This was contained in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood in which it was also stated that the deployment of additional personnel and crime prevention and detection equipment will be carried out to cover identified and perceived criminal black spots, flash points, abandoned and uncompleted projects sites being used as hideouts by criminal elements to commit crime.
Idris further said that the ongoing raids operations and removal of suspected criminals will continue throughout the Sallah period and beyond.
According to him; “The deployment will also cover recreation centres, public places and critical infrastructure and public utilities.
“Federal Highway patrol Teams, the Safer Highway patrol Units, and Anti-Crime patrols have been deployed along Highways and major roads throughout the country for the protection and safety of travellers, commuters and other road users during the period and beyond.
“They are under strict instructions to be civil, polite, compassionate and firm in carryout their duties. Intense surveillance and intelligence gathering will be maintained, special deployment and stop and search duties will be emplaced at all flash/vulnerable points in every state of the country.
He therefore implored members of the public, especially travellers and other roads users to cooperate with Police personnel deployed on the Highways and other duty posts.
The IGP enjoins Nigerians to be security conscious, vigilant and report any untoward incident or happening observed in their locality to the nearest Police station.