Nigeria: IG Orders AIGs, CPs to Enforce Buhari's New Regulation On Face Mask

2 February 2021

The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammad Adamu, has ordered the Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the 17 zonal commands and their constituent commissioners of police in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT, Abuja, to carry out full enforcement of the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, January 26, 2021.

The IG gave the order to the Strategic Police Managers following the directives by the President as contained in the Health Protection Regulations 2021, which mandates the Nigeria Police Force and other agencies of Government mentioned therein to ensure compliance.

The IG, while noting that the uncertainty and risks engendered by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic have placed additional responsibilities on the general public, called on Nigerians to voluntarily comply with the provisions of the Regulations for the safety of all.

He further cautioned officers enforcing the Regulations to show tact, compassion and empathy with the citizens.

He reiterated that the officers must be firm and professional and at the same time remain polite, civil and respect the fundamental rights of the citizens.

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