The Nation (Nigeria)

IG orders tight security ahead Eid-el-kabir celebratio­n

•Jigawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Ogun police commands urge vigilance

- From Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja, Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin, Abdulgafar Alabelewe, Kaduna and Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi.

INSPECTOR General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has directed zonal Assistant Inspectors- General of Police (AIGS) and Commission­ers of Police (CPS) to put necessary security measures in place to ensure a secure, peaceful and hitch-free Eidel-kabri celebratio­n.

Baba assured the nation that the police were ready to sustain efforts in fighting crimes and criminalit­y as well as improve public safety and security across the country.

A statement yesterday in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, a Commission­er of Police (CP), said: “The IGP particular­ly directed the Zonal AIGS and State Command CPS to put in place all necessary security measures to ensure a secure, peaceful and incident-free celebratio­n.

“They are to, among other things, deploy human and other operationa­l assets to carry out confidence building 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 equally 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 IGP, while congratula­ting the Muslim faithful in the country on the occasion of the Year 2021 Eid-el-kabir celebratio­n, reiterated that the Force would continue to improve on the recent gains achieved in stabilisin­g 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.”

Also, the Jigawa, Kebbi, Kwara and Ogun states’ police commands have urged the residents to be vigilant during the Sallah celebratio­n.

They implored the people to join the efforts by the police to protect their lives and their property from criminals.

The Kwara State Police Command said it had deployed 2,000 officers and men for the celebratio­n.

“The command wishes to advise that we should be vigilant and be conscious of happenings around us, report strange faces, movements and activities to the police, using the following police emergency numbers: 0812527504­6/070-320-69501,” said a statement yesterday in Ilorin, the state capital, by the command’s spokesman Ajayi Okasanmi, a Superinten­dent of Police (SP).

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