Abuja – Security has been tightened around the country ahead of the Independence Day celebrations scheduled for Tuesday.
Nigeria will on the day celebrate 53 years of self-rule after independence from the United Kingdom
Ahead of the event, Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has placed officers of the Nigeria Police, as well as other special operatives, on red alert nation-wide.
Officials said this was part of deliberate and comprehensive efforts by the Nigeria Police Force to ensure a hitch-free event.
In a statement from Abuja, Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the Inspector-General of Police assured Nigerians that the police would do everything to discharge its constitutional responsibilities of providing safe and secure environment for all, particularly during the Independence Day celebration.
According to Mba, Abubakar has specifically directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, Command Commissioners of Police, including the Maritime Command to ensure adequate and effective deployment of all operational tools and manpower within their Commands, and to pay special attention to shopping malls, public parks and beaches as well as highways, other critical infrastructure and sensitive areas in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of the citizenry.
Nigeria gained independence on October 1 1960 after colonization dating back to 1800.
This year’s independence celebrations come on the back of terrorism particularly in the northern parts o the country.
– CAJ News