• …As NSCDC deploys 30,000 personnel
In order to ensure adequate security and guarantee protection of lives and property during the Eid-El-Kabir celebration and throughout the public holidays, Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zonal commands and all the Commissioners of Police in the state commands to deploy adequate personnel to cover praying grounds, recreation centres, public places, public infrastructures and utilities, and other points and venues where celebration will take place.
Similarly, the police commanders are directed to collaborate with sister agencies, cultivate intelligence, interface with community leaders to monitor the activities of undesirable elements in the society who may take undue advantage of the public holidays to cause mischief and disturb public peace.
This is even as the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has ordered the deployment of 30,000 personnel to all nooks and crannies across the nation.
Gana directed the Zonal Commanders, State Commandants as well as operational officers at the FCT and Headquarters to ensure effective deployment of personnel to strategic places to beef up security around critical infrastructures and national assets, against vandalism.
Both security chiefs issued the directive via their spokesmen in Abuja yesterday.
According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don N. Awunah, Police mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Units, Explosive Ordinance Department and personnel and of criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department will be deployed to all the locations mentioned above.
Sustained surveillance and special attention will be paid to flash/vulnerable points and other identifiable hot spots to prevent criminalities during the sallah celebration and beyond, while NSCDC spokesman, Emmanuel Okeh said his boss also authorised the use of sniffer dogs and specialised forces in addition to the regular personnel deployed, hence there is no hiding place for vandals, criminals and miscreants who take advantage of festive periods to perpetuate their nefarious activities.
DCP Awunah’s statement assured that Nigeria Police Force is confident that with the operational strategies being executed for the Sallah festivities will guarantee a peaceful and hitch free Eid-El-Kabir celebration.
“The IGP therefore wishes the Muslim faithful and all Nigerians a happy celebration. He however implores them to be vigilant and continue to support the Police to prevent crimes in their localities.
“The IGP commends the dedication and commitment of officers in ensuring that security and peace prevail throughout the Country despite the enormous challenges.
“IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, on behalf of the Officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force heartily felicitates with Muslims faithful in Nigeria on the 2016 Eid-El-Kabir celebration. Similarly, the Commandant General wished the Muslim faithful and indeed all Nigerians a happy and crime-free celebration, assuring Nigerians of adequate protection and safety during celebrations.
The CG tasked the Corps Personnel across the commands to work in synergy with Personnel of other sister agencies in other to achieve the desired goal of effective policing of the society and guarantying hitch free celebration.