In a statement released by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police Force, CP Frank Mba, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has directed all the Commissioners of Police (CPs) and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), to initiate and implement well-coordinated crime prevention strategies and ensure round-the-clock visibility patrols towards a peaceful Christmas and New Year celebration.
The IGP noted in the statement that “achieving a crime and crisis-free yuletide is of utmost priority to the force and the nation at large, being the build-up into a new year.”
He assured citizens that adequate security throughout the celebrations and beyond will be provided.
The IGP directed all “AIGs and CPs to massively deploy human intelligence and other operational assets of the force at their disposal to all public places, including residential areas, places of worship, recreational centres, financial institutions, market places, motor-parks, major highways, airports, railway stations, amongst others, to protect the citizens as well as critical national infrastructure (CNI).”
He also “warned Police personnel deployed for duties during the yuletide, particularly those deployed to secure the highways across the country, to shun acts inimical to discipline and professionalism of the force.”