The Guardian (Nigeria)

Eid- El- Kabir: IGP promises security as FRSC, NEMA mobilise men

FCTA issues strict compliance of COVID- 19 guidelines

- From Odita Sunday, Azimazi Momoh Jimoh and Fidelis Ebu, Abuja, Anietie Akpan, Calabar, Joseph Wantu, Makurdi, Otas Davidson, Benin City and Ayodele Afolabi, Ado Ekiti

AHEAD of the Eid- el Kabir celebratio­n, the InspectorG­eneral of Police ( IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has vowed to sustain efforts at improving public security and safety across the country.

The IGP gave the assurance while directing Commission­ers of Police ( CPS) in all the states and the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT), and their supervisor­y Assistant Inspectors General of Police ( AIGS), to beef up security to prevent lapses in their Areas of Responsibi­lity ( AOR) throughout the Eid- elKabir season and beyond.

The IGP particular­ly directed the zonal AIGS and state command CPS to put in place all necessary security measures to ensure an incident- free celebratio­n.

Police spokesman, CP Frank Mba, said: “They are to, amongst other things, deploy human and other operationa­l assets to carry out confidence­building and crime prevention patrols on major highways, residentia­l and industrial areas, vulnerable points, places of worship, other places of public resort and around all critical national infrastruc­ture.

“The IGP also 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.”

Also, the National Emergency Management Authority ( NEMA), in collaborat­ion with the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) and other major stakeholde­rs, has flagged off safety operations to reduce accidents on the highways during the celebratio­n.

Other stakeholde­rs to partner NEMA include the Red Cross, the Federal and State fire services, and the National Civil Defense Corps( NSCDC).

Flagging off the operation tagged ‘ Operation Eagle Eye,’ with the theme, ‘ Safe Eid El Kabir’ in Ado Ekiti, the Zonal Head, Ekiti Operations Office ( Ekiti, Ondo and Osun), Mr. Olusegun Afolayan, said the festive periods, always come with increase vehicular movements and more auto crashes. Meanwhile, the FRSC has deployed its men across the states to ensure a hitch- free Sallah celebratio­n.

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