FROM: KINGSLEY OMONOBI-ABUJA.
Following the massacre of about 77 persons including 50 students of a College of Education in Yobe State by the Boko Haram terrorist group at the weekend and intelligence reports showing that the group was planning more strikes on the eve of Nigeria’s Independence anniversary, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has placed all officers and men of the force on red alert.
The directive of the IGP in a signal to all Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Command Commissioners of Police in the 36 states and Abuja, is for them to ensure that pre-emptive actions and proactive actions aimed at intercepting the murderous plans of the terrorists before they carry them out.
A statement from Force headquarters signed by Force Public Relations officer, CSP Frank Mba said, “As part of deliberate and comprehensive efforts by the Nigeria Police Force to ensure a hitch-free Independence Day Anniversary Celebration, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar has placed officers and men of the Nigeria Police, as well as other special operatives, on red alert nation-wide.
“The IGP 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”
“They are to pay special attention to Shopping Malls, Public Parks and Beaches, Highways and other critical infrastructures and sensitive areas in order to guarantee the safety and well being of the citizenry”.
The IGP assured Nigerians that the Police will do everything within available resources to discharge their constitutional and statutory responsibilities of providing safe and secure environment for all, particularly during this period of Independence Anniversary.
The IGP has equally, on behalf of Officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, heartily congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan and the entire people of Nigeria, on the nation’s 53rd Independent Anniversary.
He saluted the courage and determination of Nigerians to build and sustain a strong, indivisible and virile nation, in spite of all confronting circumstances.
Furthermore, the IG called on Nigerians to put their differences aside and courageously continue to support the Police in the face of current security challenges confronting the country.
He enjoined all well meaning persons and groups to cooperate with the Force by providing useful information, especially with regards to the on-going fight against terrorism and other forms of crimes and criminalities, for the mutual benefit and collective interest of the citizenry.