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Police ban airport gatherings

06 November 2013, 21:45

Abuja - Police have banned all gatherings within and around airports in a move officials said was aimed avoiding security breaches.

Frank Mba force Public Relations Officer, said the decision was taking after a strategic security meeting at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

“Our Airports are Exclusive Security Zones. As part of deliberate efforts towards averting any security breach and the need to protect critical infrastructures, travellers, aircrew, airport staff and personnel at the nation’s local and international airports.

"The Nigeria Police High Command has placed a total ban on political, socio-cultural or religious gatherings within and around airport premises, including tarmacs, lounges and other sensitive security points,” stated Mba on Wednesday.

He added, “The Police Authorities directed the Airport Command Commissioners of Police and Commissioners of Police in states hosting the airports to ensure that, in line with international best practices, firm security measures are taken to safeguard the airports and their critical infrastructures.

Also to prevent a situation where the airports are turned into places of political assemblies religious worship and other social receptions, as there are enough civic centres, town halls, assembly halls etc for public meetings, carnivals and celebrations of all kinds.”

Mba said the move would not curtail the constitutional rights of Nigerians to freedom of movement and assembly. These rights, he said, must be exercised within the bounds of the law and appropriate civil behaviour.  

“The Force therefore implores Nigerians to cooperate with the Police in their effort at improving the maintenance of effective safety and security at all the nooks and crannies of the airports,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mba said the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar  reiterated his administration’s unalloyed commitment towards eliminating all forms of threat to internal security, even as he pledged a safe and conducive environment for our democracy and democratic institutions to thrive.

- CAJ News


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