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Ensure attackfree Sallah, IGP directs officers

- By Idowu Isamotu

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, on Sunday, ordered senior police officers to beef up security ahead of the Eidel-Kabir celebratio­n and ensure incident-free Sallah by preventing any untoward situation in their Areas of Responsibi­lity (AoR) throughout the Eid-el-Kabir season and beyond.

Baba specifical­ly charged Commission­ers of Police (CPs) in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as well as their supervisor­y Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) to comply with the order.

In a statement signed by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, the IGP said the senior officers are to, among other things, deploy human and other operationa­l assets to carry out confidence­building and crime prevention patrols on major highways.

Other places expected to be secured according to the IGP, include residentia­l and industrial areas, vulnerable points, places of worship, other places of public resort and around all critical national infrastruc­ture.

The police chief, however, warned that personnel deployed must be profession­al and mindful of the fundamenta­l rights of the citizens, and discharge their responsibi­lities with all sense of decorum and alertness.

The statement added, “The IGP, while congratula­ting the Muslim Faithful in the country on the occasion of the year 2021 Eidel-Kabir celebratio­n, reiterated that the Force would continue to improve on the recent gains achieved in stabilizin­g security order in parts of the country, protecting lives and property of citizens, and denying space for crimes and criminalit­y to thrive in and around the country.

“He enjoins citizens to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of the Eid-elKabir while remaining securityco­nscious and compliant with the COVID-19 prevention protocols.”

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