Apparently concerned that terrorists might take advantage of the New Year celebrations to enter Nigeria illegally to perpetrate terror attacks, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has directed the assistant inspector general, AIG Border Patrol to ensure that the nation’s borders are effectively manned to prevent any cross-border crime.
The IGP also directed all Zonal AIGs and State Command Commissioners of Police, CPs to ensure effective and efficient deployment of all operational manpower and tools at the disposal of their respective Commands.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Force PRO, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, IGP Arase’s directives are aimed at ensuring a secure, peaceful and hitch-free nation-wide New Year celebration.
ACP Kolawole said, against the backdrop of security challenges in the country and the general preparation for the New Year celebrations, the Nigeria Police High Command has urged worshippers both at Jummat and Church services to take adequate measures to reduce the number of vehicles around these hallowed worship centres.
The Force equally advised operators of motor parks, shopping malls and recreational centres to work very closely with the Police and other security agencies as they strive to strengthen general security in their respective facilities.
The statement said the police chief, while saluting the courage and gallantry of officers of the Force for their tireless services in protecting lives and property during the year, charged Police personnel to continue to be civil in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
IGP Arase, however, warned that officers found acting contrary to the Force’s “Vision and Mission” will be appropriately sanctioned.
Part of the statement reads, “The Inspector-General of Police, while wishing all Nigerians very blissful and peaceful New Year celebrations, assures the public of the Nigeria Police Force’s readiness and commitment towards ensuring a safe and secure environment.
“IGP Solomon E. Arase, on behalf of the entire officers of the Nigeria Police Force, heartily felicitates with good people of Nigeria as we celebrate the New Year 2016.

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