As Nigerian Muslim community joins their counterparts across the globe to mark the 2016 Eid-el-fitri celebration today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday), Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris has assured that the police will provide adequate security before, during and after the celebrations.
Consequently, the IGP Idris has ordered all Zonal Headquarters and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure adequate security in their areas of responsibilities throughout the duration of the celebration.
The IGP’s directive, which was contained in a statement by the Force PRO, DCP Don Awunah, stressed that officers should be deployed evenly to cover the highways, worship and recreation centres, government installations and all vulnerable points in order to give Nigerians feasible sense of safety and security as they celebrate the Eid-el-fitri and go about their lawful business.
The police chief, on behalf of officers of the Nigeria Police Force heartily felicitates with Nigerians, especially Muslim faithfuls on this occasion, and was particularly thankful to Allah for His mercies during the period of the Ramadan.
The statement quoted the IGP as saying, “our prayers and supplications were met in spite of the numerous challenges that we faced as a nation, assuring the nation that the Nigeria Police Force will provide adequate security with robust and proactive patrols during and after the celebrations.
IGP Ibrahim Idris said it is his belief that the Nigeria Police Force under his watch will be people-oriented and problem solving Police and that nobody should be afraid to give useful information to the Police, as every information will be treated with the confidentiality it deserves.
He enjoined Nigerians to be law abiding at all times for the peace, progress and development of the country, reiterating that the cooperation of the public is very critical to the performance of the Police and administration of justice.
Meanwhile, commissioner of police in the federal capital territory, FCT, Alkali Usman has assured residents of the territory of adequate security during the celebration.
CP Usman, who gave the assurance at a news conference at the Command headquarters, revealed that the command has evolved some measures to ensure effective security during the period.
He stated, “Ahead of the forthcoming Eid-El-Fitr celebration, the command has developed an operation order that will effectively cover the security arrangement at all praying grounds to forestall any security breach. This arrangement also covers the recreational centres which will also be a beehive of activities,“he said.
The FCT police chief said that all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers have been properly briefed of their respective roles as it relates to the celebration. “I want to seize this medium to advise Muslim faithful to guard against carrying bags and baggages to praying grounds. They are to only carry along their praying mats. This is not to inconvenience the worshippers but it is a precautionary measure to guard against any eventuality.
The commissioner said that the command had a security meeting with Imams and leaders of respective mosques and praying grounds in FCT to brainstorm and strategise to attain a hitch-free celebration. “My priority as the commissioner of Police is to see to the reduction of crime to the barest minimum, since it is almost impossible to have a society that is totally free of crime. The command under my leadership has evolved viable crime fighting strategies that have started turning in remarkable result.
He assured FCT residents of the Command preparedness and determination to rid Abuja and its environs of criminals. “I want to seize this medium to encourage residents to continue to partner with the Police by providing us with timely information about nefarious criminal activities around them.
Similarly, the Kwara State Police Command has beefed up security at the Ilorin Central Yidi Praying Ground.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Sam Okaula, in a statement issued on Monday warned residents particularly youths to desist from act that can lead to the breakdown of laws and order.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that during the Eid-Kabir Sallah celebration, some unidentified youths petted the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and other government functionaries with sachet of water in protest to what they tagged to bad governance.
According to the statement by the police boss, “Let me on behalf of officers and men of Kwara State Police Command, extend our warm greetings to all Muslims faithful in the state as they celebrate Eid-El-Fitri which marks the end of Ramadan fasting . Let me also assure all peace loving people of Kwara State that the command has put in place security measure to ensure a hitch free celebration.
“In this regard, it is expected that everyone cooperates with the police command. Consequently, the command is using this medium to warn potential trouble makers, miscreants and hoodlums to stare-clear of the playing ground. Vehicular movements to and from the praying ground area will be restricted 30 minutes before the commencement prayers.

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