Eid-el-Fitr celebration: Police beef up security nationwide


By Gowon Emakpe

In a bid to ensure a hitch free Eid-el-Fitr celebration, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered heavy nationwide deployment of Police officers, especially intelligence operatives, traffic officers and other operational assets of the Force.

The IGP equally ordered that adequate priority be accorded to Eid prayer grounds, highways, recreational centres, financial institutions especially ATM and POS points, to safeguard religious celebrations and financial transactions during the festive period.

Force Public Relations Officer CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a statement on Sunday said, “The IGP order to Strategic Police Managers at various levels is predicated on the need to maintain a more secured public and social space for the celebration. He further directed that all men deployed must be properly briefed and adequately supervised to ensure they maintain a high level of proactiveness, visibility patrols and professionalism in the discharge of policing services to all and sundry.”

The IGP equally tasked all State Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to ensure that crime and criminality is put in check and brought to its lowest ebb for a hitch free celebration.

Nigerian Pilot reports that the Department of State Security Service, recently raised an alarm over threat to bomb worship places across the country

The statement reads further, “The Inspector-General of Police, on behalf of the Force Management Team, and the entire workforce of the Nigeria Police Force, felicitates with all Muslim faithful in the country as they join the global Muslim Ummah to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. He admonishes them to practicalise the values of empathy, faith, charity and other salient teachings of Ramadan in their relationship with other members of the society.”