The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed D. Abubakar, has directed all zonal Assistant Inspectors- General of Police (AIGs) and State Command Commissioners of Police (CPs) to take adequate measures to ensure the provision of ‘water-tight’ security across the country before, during and after the Sallah celebrations.
Abubakar, in his goodwill message to Muslim faithful, on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-fitri celebration on August 20 and 21, 2012, said officers and men would be deployed to ensure that the highways were effectively covered with motorised patrol teams.
He said CPs are “particularly mandated to personally ensure that all places of worship, recreation centres, resorts and other public places are adequately and effectively protected, to enable worshippers and the general public enjoy maximum fulfillment.”
“In addition, all Zonal AIGs and CPs have also been advised to ensure the provision of 24 hours security around all government installations, facilities and other related valuable targets.”
The police boss also assured the general public, particularly worshippers, travelers and well-meaning Nigerians that the Police Force, in the discharge of its constitutional responsibility, would continue to do everything to provide adequate security for everyone across the country.
He warned all miscreants and mischief makers to keep away from disturbing the public peace, as the Force would stop at nothing to bring law-breakers to book.
Abubakar congratulated all Muslim faithful for a successful Ramadan period, adding that prayers said for the nation during the period had gone a long way in ensuring the peace and unity of the country, notwithstanding its numerous challenges.
He expressed the hope that the benefits of Ramadan would continue to impact positively on the attitude of the citizenry, “towards a more secure and prosperous Nigeria.”
The IGP appealed to Nigerians, in the spirit of the season, to be their brothers’ keepers by ensuring that information on all suspected criminal activities and plans were promptly reported to the police or other sister security agencies.