The Nigerian Police has doubled security presence across communities and governments’ facilities with directives to its personnel at zonal and states’ commands in ensuring Nigerian 62nd Independent anniversary on October 1st is well celebrated and free of threats.
It said that the development was necessary in order not to take chances and compromise protection on lives and property of Nigerians during the period.
According to the police, Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, directive for deployment of adequate personnel to provide protection of citizens, critical national infrastructures, and ensure success of all activities lined-up for the country’s 62nd Independence Anniversary scheduled for October 1st across the nation is to prevent any untoward situation throughout the period of the celebration and beyond.
Through a statement released on Friday by the police’s Spokesperson, CSP Olumiyiwa Adejobi, it disclosed that Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in all the Zonal and State Commands including Federal Capital Territory were directed to ensure high visibility and boost patrols around venues, residential areas and other public places to prevent infiltration by hostile elements and ensure a peaceful celebration.
It said: “The IGP pledged the unalloyed loyalty and dedication of the NPF to safeguard the sovereignty of the country as well as its unflinching commitment to combating crimes and criminality in the country and ensuring the safety of the citizenry.
“He enjoined citizens to cooperate unflinchingly with officers of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, for improved security management at various public gatherings during the Independence celebration, he added.
While congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari and the country on the 62nd Independence anniversary, Baba urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance across the country, and that unity is vital in a multi-cultural society like Nigeria.