Enforce Social Restriction Orders On Covid-19: IGP Tells AIGs, CPs

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  • Cautions against needless arrests, detention of suspects

BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Against the backdrop of global health hazard by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammad A. Adamu, has directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police to ensure all legitimate orders given in pursuant to the containment efforts are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction nationwide.

The directive is occasioned by the raging health threat and subsequent social restriction orders imposed by governments at all levels, to enable effective containment of this deadly virus in Nigeria.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba said in Abuja on Sunday that in enforcing the directive, IGP Adamu has also urged citizens to voluntarily adhere to existing orders in their overall health interest.

The IGP, who also urged officers to observe personal safety measures in the course of their official duties, further directed the Zonal AIGs and Command CPs to ensure cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned.

IGP Adamu however called for caution in the detention of suspects which must be reduced to the barest minimum, stressing that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention.

The statement also quoted the IGP as directing that adequate measures should be in place to screen persons to be committed into police custody.

Furthermore, the Police boss charged all citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary.

In a related development, the IGP has ordered Command CPs to immediately publicize phone numbers of their Command Control Rooms; Area Commanders; Divisional Police Officers (DPOs); and other Tactical Commanders using the conventional and non- conventional media in order to facilitate alternative interacting and reporting options between the Public and the Police

Similarly, the IGP has ordered the immediate closure of the Nigeria Police Academy as well as all Police Primary and Secondary Schools nationwide in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive that all tertiary institutions be shut immediately.

However, the statement disclosed that the Force Medical Services has been empowered and directed to step up sensitization programmes across Commands, Formations and Barracks in the country.

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