Abuja — Nigeria has beefed up security throughout the country ahead of the completion of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, on Tuesday.
The end of fasting, referred to as Eid-el-Kabir, comes on the back of terror attacks by the Boko Haram, deadly clashes between nomadic herdsmen and villagers as well as a spike in violent crime in the West African country.
The deployment ordered by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, particularly in the terror-prone northeastern region, comes ahead of the fasting on Friday.
It is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide, marking the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.
Deployment of additional personnel as well as crime prevention and detection equipment would be carried out to cover criminal spots, flash points, abandoned and uncompleted projects sites being used as hideouts by criminal elements to commit crime.
The deployment will also cover recreation centres, public places and critical infrastructure and public utilities.
"The ongoing raids operations and removal of suspected criminals will continue throughout the Sallah period and beyond," Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, said.
Patrol teams have been deployed along highways and major roads throughout the country for the protection and safety of travellers, commuters and other road users during the period and beyond.
"They (patrol teams) are under strict instructions to be civil, polite, compassionate and firm in carryout their duties," Moshood stated.
Nigeria, Africa's biggest country by population with over 190 million people, is equally divided between Muslims and Christians.