The Nigeria Police have set in motion comprehensive operational strategies to boost security effectively during this year’s Christmas season and beyond. At the end of his meeting with other members of the Police Management Team, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammad Abubakar, reassured Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora, that massive security measures have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free celebration nationwide.
Accordingly, all the strike forces and specialized units of the force, including the police mobile force (Mopol), counter terrorism unit, special protection unit, federal highway patrol and explosive ordinance department have been adequately mobilized to join forces with the conventional police force in providing water-tight security.
To this end, Abubakar has since directed all assistant inspectors-general of police and Commissioners of Police in all zonal and state commands of the Force to retool their security infrastructures in line with international standards, taking into consideration their local environment and peculiar security situation in order to protect the citizens adequately.
The IGP further disclosed that covert operations, round-the-clock surveillance, and robust vehicular patrols are being intensified, while particular attention is now constantly paid to strategic public places, including places of worship, recreation centres, shopping malls, business plazas, motor parks, strategic highways, government installations and other important locations so as to forestall any possible criminal activity and guarantee the safety of the citizenry.
Meanwhile, the IGP, on behalf of the officers and men of the force, has rejoiced with Christians in Nigeria as they join the Christendom in celebrating this year’s Christmas. He enjoined them to practice the virtues of Jesus Christ by propagating peace, demonstrating love and forgiveness, as well as promoting harmonious coexistence among fellow citizens, irrespective of religious, ethnic or political leanings.
In thanking Nigerians for their understanding and renewed cooperation with the police this 2013, the IGP pledged a better service delivery in the coming year. He therefore called on Nigerians to strengthen their partnership with the Police and other security agencies by providing preemptive useful information for them.