By Idowu Abdullahi,
Worried by the rising cases of coronavirus in Nigeria and its accompanied effect on Nigerians, the Nigeria Police Force has launched a community sensitisation campaign and palliative support program to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in the country.
It explained that the initiative which is a brain-child of serving female Police officers to enlighten and support the poor and vulnerable was to further ensure the citizens maintain social distancing and stay-at-home order in a bid to prevent community spread of the virus.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said the initiative is aimed at supporting families within the policing communities adversely affected by the pandemic prevention lockdown and other regulations.
Adamu, while flagging-off the initiative on Tuesday, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, noted that the police officers will sensitise and educate residents within policing communities nationwide on the danger of coronavirus and neccesary precautionary measures to be adopted.
He also appointed the Commissioner of Police in-charge of the Force Animal Branch, CP (Dr) Aisha Abubakar who is presently the most senior female police officer in the Force to coordinate other female police officers in driving the initiative towards achieving desired results.
The IGP while commending the female officers on the initiative at this trying times, urged them crown their efforts by ensuring the communities truly feel their impact and presence through the sensitisation and palliative distribution.
“The initiative which is a brain-child of serving female Police officers shall involve visits to local communities in the States across the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Team shall carry out sensitization and enlightenment campaigns on the prevention of COVID-19 pandemic.
“It would also engage in the distribution of palliatives and relief materials including food items, beverages and other essentials to families of junior police officers and the civil populace. In the FCT, the Team will be visiting Kurduma, Galadimawa, Keti, Kabusa, Garki and Deidei areas as part of the flag-off,” he said.