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Police on alert ahead of Muslim festivities

14 October 2013, 12:00

Lagos - AS Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir on Tuesday, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has deployed policemen to key areas to prevent possible attacks by Boko Haram sect members.

Abubakar has also directed all heads of operational units and commanders of the force nationwide to put in place high visibility policing strategies targeted at achieving a secure, peaceful and incident-free celebration.

The police chief also ordered commanders in-charge of the Police Special Forces – the Air Wing, the Maritime Command, the Counter Terrorism Unit and the Border Patrol Units-to ensure purposeful and strategic deployment of their personnel and logistics to ensure all criminal threats are effectively checkmated.

A statement from Force headquarters signed by police spokesperson, Frank Mba, said the IGP had ordered Commissioners of Police to adequately protect all essential infrastructure and vulnerable points, including highways, motor parks, and places of worship, shopping malls and recreation centres.

“In addition, Commanders of Police Mobile Force Squadrons are to ensure that their respective Quick Reactionary Units remain on high alert throughout the holiday period," the statement said.

The IGP reminded Operational Commanders that though the nation was on holiday, police officers would not be in such mood.

He said all Commanders are expected to remain at their beats and posts throughout the Sallah period.

The IG charged his officers to be mindful of the fundamental rights of the citizens, while discharging their responsibilities.

– CAJ News


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