Abuja - The Nigeria Police Force has not
issued any order banning assembly devotion in primary and secondary schools
anywhere in the country, a spokesperson said.
Force Public Relations Office, Olabisi Kolawale, said
against the backdrop of current security challenges in the country, the police
had only issued advisory notice directed predominantly to the states where
there are insurgency, enjoining them to apply caution in the said assembly so
that such congregations do not present soft target for insurgents.
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe State are the worst affected by
the Boko Haram terror although more states have suffered intermittent attacks.
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Reminding citizens of their freedom to worship as
enshrined in the Constitution, the Police High Command stated the Nigeria
Police Force did not stop anybody from taking part in prayer sessions organised
by schools, churches and mosques, describing the congregation as the
constitutional and democratic rights of Nigerians.
“The Inspector-General of Police (Solomon Arase) calls on
the general public to see the present position of the Force as a necessary
sacrifice for the security, safety and peace our schools need, as security is a
collective responsibility,” said Olawale.
Meanwhile, Arase therefore reassured Nigerians
of the Police’s determination to strengthening and enhancing the safety and
security of all residents of Nigeria while counting on Nigerians to continue to
support and work in synergy with the Nigeria Police Force toward the achievement
of its constitutional mandate.
- CAJ News