FOLLOWING the warning by the United States of America and the United Kingdom missions in Nigeria on the impending attacks on Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and some other states, Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police, IGP, has ordered police commands across the country to beef-up security.
The IGP ordered commissioners of police and their supervising assistant inspectors general of police in charge of zonal and state commands to be on red-alert throughout the concerned states and other parts of the country.
The Nigeria Police Force, in a statement signed by Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer Force, reassures all Nigerians and foreign nationals in the mentioned states and other parts of the country of adequate security and enjoined them not to panic.
“Consequent on the recent Boko Haram attacks on soft targets in Adamawa and Borno States, it could be recalled that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, ordered all Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and their Supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police and their personnel nationwide to be on red-alert with effect from 21st November, 2017 to nip in the bud and prevent the spread of further attacks in the affected states and other states of the federation,” he said.
The statement made available to Realnews stated that the recent cautions and warnings by US and UK missions in Nigeria of possible attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on soft targets in FCT, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe, the IGP has re-emphasised and reinforced his directive to all commissioners of police in charge of state commands.
“For avoidance of doubt, the Commissioners of police in the Federal capital Territory (FCT), Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe States are under strict instruction by the Inspector General of Police to hold stakeholder meetings with the people, strengthen security in their Area of Responsibility (AOR) and carryout massive deployment of Police personnel and equipment in the identified vulnerable locations, perceived/prone soft targets in their AOR.
“They are also to ensure 24 hours police patrols of mosques and churches, market, schools, motor parks, hotels, recreation centres, settlements, villages, towns and cities in the mentioned states. The operations which has commenced in the indicated states will continue throughout the month of December, 2017 and into the New Year and beyond.
“However, the Nigeria Police Force implores members of the public in the indicated states to go about their lawful businesses and other engagements without any apprehension and not to panic but to be cautious, vigilant and more security conscious. They should report promptly any untoward or suspicious happening to the nearest Police Station or formation,” it said.
– Dec. 5, 2017 @ 11:30 GMT