Ira­nian Gen­eral’s killing: IG places po­lice on red alert

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Ade­lani Ade­pegba, Abuja

The In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice, Mo­hammed Adamu, has placed po­lice com­mands and for­ma­tions na­tion­wide on red alert.

This fol­lows in­tel­li­gence re­port that some “do­mes­tic in­ter­ests” are plan­ning to em­bark on mas­sive pub­lic dis­tur­bances and sab­o­tage to protest the killing of Ira­nian Gen­eral Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike by the United States.

“Con­se­quently, zonal AIGS and com­mand Com­mis­sion­ers of Po­lice have been di­rected to en­sure max­i­mum sur­veil­lance and se­cu­rity of lives and prop­erty across the na­tion,” the force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, said in a state­ment in Abuja on Sun­day.

Soleimani, who headed Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed in Bagh­dad, Iraq on Fri­day.

The gen­eral was killed along­side Abu Mahdi almuhan­dis, deputy com­man­der of Iraq’s Pop­u­lar Mo­bil­i­sa­tion Forces (hashd al-shaabi), an Iran-backed um­brella

or­gan­i­sa­tion com­pris­ing sev­eral mili­tias.

Sev­eral other peo­ple were also killed in the at­tack.

The move by the US has drawn con­dem­na­tion from lead­ers and of­fi­cials who fear that ten­sions in the re­gion could es­ca­late dras­ti­cally.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali hos­seini Khamenei had warned that “a harsh re­tal­i­a­tion is wait­ing.”

There are also fears that the Shi’ites faith­ful in the coun­try who have a re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion to Iran may protest Soleimani’s killing.

The spokesman, Is­lamic Move­ment in Nige­ria, Ibrahim Musa, could not be reached for com­ment on Sun­day as calls to his phone rang out.

But Mba in the state­ment said po­lice com­man­ders had been di­rected to en­sure strate­gic de­ploy­ments of both overt and covert po­lice op­er­a­tives to en­sure ad­e­quate se­cu­rity and safety of cit­i­zens, for­eign­ers, es­pe­cially diplo­mats and diplo­matic mis­sions in the coun­try as well as the pro­tec­tion of crit­i­cal na­tional


he said the IG had as­sured all Nige­ri­ans and for­eign­ers of ad­e­quate se­cu­rity.

“he has equally warned all po­ten­tial trou­ble­mak­ers to steer clear of the streets and ter­ri­tory of Nige­ria,” the state­ment noted.

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