23 December 2012

Nigeria: Yuletide - IG Orders AIGS, CPS to Beef Up Nationwide Security

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Nigerian police on standby.

Abuja — Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar, on Sunday ordered a water-tight 24-hour security for all government installations and strategic facilities nationwide throughout the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Abubakar, who gave the order in his Christmas message, directed Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police in charge of the 12 Zonal, 36 state Commands and the FCT to personally take charge of the security.

He said that they should ensure that other vulnerable points including financial houses, shopping malls, motor parks, places of worship and recreation centres were adequately protected before, during and after the celebrations.

According to him, the measure is to ensure a crime-free Christmas and enable holiday makers, worshippers and the general public carry out their activities.

"In addition, Commanders of Police Highway Patrol Teams have been directed to ensure that motorised patrols on our highways targeted at crime and accident prevention are intensified to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful celebration.

"Police men deployed on our highways have also been directed to render necessary assistance to travellers and road users, especially accident victims and those who may suffer vehicular break down," he said.

He warned highway patrol officers to comport themselves and act within the confines of the law and be firm.

Abubakar, however, enjoined them to be polite, civil and professional, and respect the fundamental rights of the citizens at all times.

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