The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar has placed officers and men of the force, as well as other special operatives, on red alert nation-wide to ensure a safe outing ahead of the 2013 Independence Day Celebration.
The police chief said he has also directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Command Commissioners of Police, including the Maritime Command to ensure adequate and effective deployment of all operational tools and manpower within their commands, and to pay special attention to shopping malls, public parks and beaches, highways and other critical infrastructure and sensitive areas in order to guarantee the safety and well being of the citizenry.
In a statement signed by the Force spokesperson, Mr. Frank Mba, the force assured Nigerians that it would do everything within available resources to discharge their statutory responsibilities of providing safe and secure environment for all, particularly during this period.
He urged well-meaning persons and groups to cooperate with the Force by providing useful information, especially with regards to the on-going fight against terrorism and other forms of crime and criminality, for the mutual benefit and collective interest of the citizenry.
The inspector general of police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar has vowed to fish out all the bad eggs in the police, hinting corrupt police officers in the country to begin search for new employment elsewhere.
Addressing participants at the second conference of heads of zonal and state criminal investigation departments in Abuja, Mr Abubakar restated that all corrupt officers will be shown out of the Nigeria police.
The inspector general of police, Mohammed Abubakar restated the need for police officers to be discipline and live above board.
The deputy inspector general of police in charge of investigation, Mr Peter Gana also spoke on his expectations of the conference.
The conference which has the theme, keeping up with new trends in investigation and prosecution of cases, is expected to help in reducing the number of unresolved criminal cases in the country.
The inspector general also stressed the need for diligent investigation and prosecution of cases by police officers.
The Police Boss, who has been sounding this note of warning to the officers since his inception as the IGP,went farther than warning on the issue of corrupt police officers when a police officer was caught on a video footage soliciting for inducement from an unknown motorist. The officer has however been dismissed from the force.
Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomole, has threatened to publish the report submitted to him by the police to drive home his accusations that the police was involved in the murder of his private secretary, Olaitan Oyerinde.
This is coming after the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, labelled the accusation by the former Labour Union president as “unfounded”.
Abubakar today in a meeting with senior police officers said the police authority will respond to Oshiomole’s claim appropriately.
Addressing senior police officers in Abuja, IGP Abubakar promised to reply the Edo state governor appropriately.
The Edo State governor had at a national summit on security and a launch for new Code of Conduct in Abuja called for the sack of the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of criminal investigation department for alleged complacency in unraveling those behind the murder of the late Oyerinde.
Sequel to the armed robbery attackson Monday the 19th of November in Auchi; Edo State, where four banks including police formations were affected, the Deputy Governor; Dr Pius Odubu has called on the inspector General of Police to deploy more police men with sophisticated weapons to Auchi in order to avert a reoccurrence as he promised that the state will do all within its reach to ensure that those behind the acts are brought to book.
Dr Odubu gave the assurance at the palace of the Otaru of Auchi shortly after assessing the raided banks and devastated police stations at Auchi.
He commiserated with those who lost their lives in the attack and directed the awestruck Etsako Local Government Council to foot the medical bill of the victims in the hospital who were hit by stray bullets.