Ahead 2019 general elections, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has warned the Assistant Inspector Generals of Police, Commissioners of Police across the country, senior police officers and other personnel not to engage in political partisanship or bias but to remain focus and provide security for all throughout the period.
IGP Idris has also ordered the implementation of robust and elaborate security arrangement to ensure a hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebration and adequate security for all political parties in the on-going rallies and campaigns across the Country.
The comprehensive crime prevention and detection strategies and other operational measures will include the commencement of intensive raids of identified criminal hideouts, black spots and flash points across the Country.
Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood also noted that the Inspector General of Police also directed the Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police to be on ground to ensure adequate safety of lives and property of all Nigerians during and after the period.
The IGP has re-emphasized same directives to all Commanders of Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) to ensure deployments of their personnel under the supervision of the Commissioners of police in the States and the FCT to flash points and crisis spots in the various commands across the Country.
In addition, Police Special Forces and specialized units of the Force, including Special Tactical Squad, Special Protection Unit, Border Patrol and Explosive Ordinance Department have been adequately mobilized and deployed along with the conventional Policemen to beef up security in their Area of Responsibilities (AOR) to ensure safety of lives and property throughout the period of Christmas and New Year celebration and beyond.
Moshood also stated that the Police Federal Highway Patrol Teams, Safer Highway Teams, Divisional Patrol Teams and other tactical squads have been mandated and are under strict instruction to be polite, civil but strict in ensuring security and safety of travellers and other road users on all the highways and major roads throughout the country.
‘The motor traffic divisions of the Force in every State are to ensure free flow of traffic throughout the highways and major roads in the Country. They are to enforce the road traffic act in totality’.
He assured that the personnel of the Force will be on 24Hours round-the-clock surveillance and robust vehicular patrols throughout the Yuletide and the New Year.