The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Sunday felicitated Muslim faithful on the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations while beefing up security nationwide to forestall the breakdown of law and order.
In doing that, the police chief ordered a nationwide deployment of police officers, especially intelligence operatives, traffic officers, and other operational assets of the Force for adequate security ahead of the Eid-el-Fitr celebration and beyond.
He equally ordered that adequate priority be accorded to Eid prayer grounds, highways, recreational centres, and financial institutions especially ATM and POS points, to safeguard religious celebrations and financial transactions during the festive period.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi in which he noted that the order is to maintain a more secured public and social space for the celebration.
“He further directs 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 statement partly read.
“The IGP equally tasks all State Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to ensure that crime and criminality are put in check and brought to their lowest ebb for a hitch-free celebration.
“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.”