By KINGSLEY OMONOBI-ABUJA
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has ordered a 24 hour strategic surveillance patrol of Kaduna and neighbouring states of Katsina, Kano, Plateau, Nasarawa and Niger States following intelligence reports that the violence that erupted in Kaduna State on Sunday, as a result of the bombing attacks on three churches in Zaria and Kaduna towns, is threatening to spread to other neighbouring states with possible reprisal attacks.
Aside the patrols, Vanguard can report authoritatively that against the backdrop of the “Sunday-Sunday” attacks and bombing of Christians in churches in parts of the country, the Police have developed a new ‘Standard Operational Order’, not only for Sunday worship but other days of worship.
Confirming the developments, Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba said the 24-hour patrol directive by the IGP was to prevent further spread of the crises that erupted in Kaduna and other states.
“While the patrols in Kaduna will be to consolidate on the calm and peace that has return to the State, it is also designed to ensure that the gains made so far are not lost and the patrols of other states is to ensure no spill over or breach of security of any kind”, CSP Mba said.
On the Operational Order, Mba said “The operational Order spells out the standard operational procedure that officers should adopt in ensuring prevention and management of crises situations.
It would be recalled that over 40 persons lost their lives to the Kaduna bombings and reprisal attacks leading to the state government imposing a 24-hour curfew in the state yesterday.