The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has directed that a robust and elaborate security arrangement be implemented to ensure a hitch free and peaceful celebration Nationwide, as the Country marks her 57th Independence.
The Police boss directed the Commissioners of Police in all States of the Federation and their Supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police in charge of Zonal Commands to carryout massive deployment of Officers and Men of the Force comprising Conventional Police Personnel, Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Police Forces, Force Intelligence and Investigation Department for covert and overt operations.
Accordingly, the Police Helicopters and Police Marine Gunboats to patrol difficult terrains and riverine areas throughout the country, and the Police Mounted Troops and Dogs section for crowd control and crime prevention at venues of celebration and recreation during the period and beyond.
In a press release signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood , the Personnel deployed are under strict instructions to be civil, polite but firm in the discharge of their responsibilities, adding that they are to pay special attention to places of celebrations, public places and other locations where people will gather to celebrate the Independence Anniversary.
The statement read in parts, “Sustained surveillance and proactive crime prevention strategies will be adopted, while the ongoing raids of criminal hideouts, black spots, identified troubled spots and other vulnerable points to remove criminal elements will be continued throughout the period. The Inspector General of Police has placed all the personnel of the Force on RED ALERT to nip in the bud any attempt by any group under whatsoever guise to cause disturbance of the peace on 1st of October, 2017 or at any other time”.
Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of Zonal and State Commands have been directed by the IGP to be personally supervise the deployment of Police Personnel on visible Police patrols and Police presence at strategic locations and other identified flash points within the cities, and along the Highways and Major roads in all States of the Country and FCT to build confidence of safety in the people residing everywhere in the country.
- Marcel Samuel