Shehu explained that the President gave the directive in response to the killing of 22 people in Sokoto State, whose community was attacked by armed bandits.
He added that the order was also in response to the reported killing of 10 people in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“In a quick response, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has already gotten in touch with the General Officers Commanding the army formations in the affected states, directing them to reinforce the police efforts to track the bandits and bring them to justice,” the statement said.
The President condoled with the governments and people of the two states, assuring Governors Aminu Tambuwal and Simon Lalong of the Federal Government’s support in bringing an end to the spate of attacks in the regions.
He also sympathised with the families and friends of the victims and prayed that Allah would comfort them.
As part of plans to effectively lock down the Lagos metropolis, the police have blocked the inbound and outbound sections of the Lagos-Ibadan express way.
This move follows the recent order by President Muhammadu Buhari, in line with local and global best practices for curbing the spread of COVID-19.
In his nationwide broadcast on Sunday, President Buhari ordered that a total lock down be observed in two states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in a bid to combat the virus.
The President has directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, the President also extended the restriction to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.
In line with the President’s order, security operatives have taken to the streets to ensure that the curfew is obeyed.
It is hoped that the containment period would be used to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases.
With millions locked down across France during the COVID-19 pandemic, overstretched police are struggling to ensure people stay indoors, especially with spring approaching.
Authorities are increasingly turning to drones to patrol streets, parks, and riverbanks, and manufacturers are more than happy to meet the demand.
Authorities struggle at times to convince people to curb their instincts and spend less time outside, especially when the weather is good.
The order “stay home! You cannot stay in this area,” barked from the sky elicits an image of Big Brother that civil libertarians have warned of for some time.
In February, a video that went viral on social media showed an astonished Chinese woman being lectured to by a drone.
“Yes grandmother, it is the drone that is speaking to you. You should not go out without a mask. You had better go back home, and don’t forget to wash your hands,” the policeman who was controlling the device told her.
European police have picked up on the idea and want to use “fear of the cops” to support restrictions in Belgium, France and Spain.
The technique is being used even outside urban areas, where people are inclined to feel they run less risk of crossing paths with someone carrying COVID-19.
“A message from a drone catches your attention and avoids police having to meet the person face to face,” notes Stephane Morelli, co-founder of Azur Drones which has developed a “quasi-autonomous” system of airborne surveillance.
He told AFP that China has also tested drones equipped with infrared sensors that take people’s temperatures in the street or on their balconies.
Since streets are almost empty and other aircraft are few and far between, the conditions for using drones are almost ideal, he said.
But once we become used to such surveillance, and possibly employ countermeasures like hats and masks, will it still be effective?
“I see it mainly as a way to raise awareness, and then as a means of control,” said Bastien Laurent, head of a national federation of professional civil drone operators.
Unlike China, France does not now allow drones to be used for facial recognition, though they are capable of doing so from several hundred meters (yards) away.
But since rules on moving about have been widely reported by the media, “you don’t necessarily have to identify someone” because the drone can “spread the word” or direct a police patrol to the person in question, Laurent told AFP.
“The idea is not yet to use a drone for fines. I do not think France is ready for that sort of thing,” added Alexandre Thomas, founder of Flying Eye, which sells and rents drones to security services.
“Since Friday, I am getting calls every two hours to order material,” he told AFP.
Authorities in Paris have a contract with the company and now own and use around 20 of its drones for various purposes.
“Drones are no longer exotic, they are indispensable tools already being used to keep an eye on demonstrations,” Thomas noted.
He added that “there is also strong demand from prisons, in case of riots to inform intervention teams on the ground.”
His company was asked about the possibility of adapting drones “to do aerial spraying of disinfectants” to fight the pandemic that has killed almost 22,000 people worldwide.
Images from China showing such use also recall scenarios from a science fiction movie.
In France, “we are only in the development phase, that is something foreseen for when the confinement period is over,” Thomas believes.
The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, CP Imohimi Edgal, has warned personnel of the State Police Command to avoid unnecessary arrest and detention of suspects.
He specifically gave the warning to Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and Tactical Commanders in the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, N-Nudam Fredrick, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
He explained that the directive by the police commissioner was in line with the guidelines issued by the Federal and Akwa Ibom State governments to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
Fredrick revealed that the State Police Command has commenced the enforcement of social restriction orders, in compliance with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
According to him, the police commissioner has directed all officers to observe personal safety measures in the course of discharging their duties.
Similarly, Edgal ordered the immediate release on bail of suspects whose cases were bailable and cautioned officers that suspects involved in capital offences must be screened before detention and charged to court as quickly as possible.
He also urged the people of Akwa Ibom State to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices, as well as minimise official visits except when such was absolutely necessary.
“The IGP enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary.
“The IGP further directs that adequate measures be emplaced to screen persons to be committed into police custody,” he stated.
Adamu also directed zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and state police commissioners to strictly enforce the directives on social restriction order imposed by the government in their respective jurisdiction.
He also ordered the closure of all institutions owned by the Force in line with the Federal Government’s directives on the closure of all schools in the country.
“Also, in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive that all tertiary institutions be shut, the IGP has ordered the immediate closure of the Nigeria Police Academy as well as all Police Primary and Secondary Schools nationwide.
“The Force Medical Services has been empowered and directed to step up sensitisation programmes across Commands, Formations and Barracks in the country,” he stated.
In a statement signed by spokesman, Bala Elkana, the police said the deployment was necessary in order to comply with “the guidelines and directives issued by both the Federal Government and Lagos State Government on the prevention” of the deadly coronavirus.
The police said commercial vehicles are expected to avoid overloading and advised members of the public to stay away from crowded spots such as “bus-stops, market places, business places and the scene of incidents.”
“We must be alive and healthy before socio-economic activities will be effective,” the police statement read.
Meanwhile, the Command said it has rolled out its medical team to market places for awareness creation and ordered the immediate release of suspects arrested for minor offences, apparently to avoid overcrowding in the jails.
“Together we can prevent the spread of Covid 19,” the Lagos police said.
French homeless organisations on Friday accused police of issuing fines to rough sleepers for failing to comply with self-isolation requirements under the strict social lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
Without providing numbers, they said fines have been issued to homeless people in the French capital Paris, in Lyon in the east and Bayonne in the southwest.
“We request that clear instructions be given… so that these sanctions cease immediately,” Florent Gueguen, head of the FAS federation of homeless organisations told AFP.
French society has been in lockdown since midday Tuesday, with excursions from the home limited to buying food, visiting the doctor, walking the dog or going for a solitary jog.
Workers are only allowed to go to the office if their employer does not provide an option for working from home.
People who venture outside need to carry a certificate, which can be printed from the government website, to declare the reason for their trip, and risk a 135-euro ($145) fine if they cannot show one.
French authorities say several dozen homeless people have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. Those who cannot be accommodated in homeless shelters and do not need hospitalisation, will be taken to new, dedicated centres in the coming days.
The government is also requisitioning hotel rooms to house the homeless during this period.
Three men have been arrested for allegedly impersonating to be military officers after they were nabbed by the police wearing Army camouflage.
The suspects were arrested by officers of the Ogun police command in Agbado area of the state during a routine patrol on Friday.
According to a statement by the police spokesman in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects claimed initially to be officers of 174 Battalion Ikorodu, but on further investigation, two amongst them confessed to having been dismissed from the Nigerian army a long time ago while the third happened to be their friend who was co-opted into their nefarious activities.
He identified the suspects namely: Jacob Onebi m’ 36, Olabode Oluwaseun m’ 35, and Olanrewaju Adebayo m 33; stressing that the men have been on the close watch of the police following series of reports from members of the public about their illegal activities in the area.
DSP Oyeyemi added that the commissioner of police CP Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force today March 11, 2020, rescued four NYSC corps members who were kidnapped on March 9, 2020, along Funtua-Gusau Road on their way to NYSC Orientation Camp, Gusau in Zamfara State.
The successful rescue operation came as a result of diligent and intense intelligence gathering and sustained coordinated operations.
The corps members: Oladehin Paul, Ojo Temitope, Ojewale Elizabeth and Adenigbuyan Adegboyega have since been handed over to the Zamfara State Director of the National Youth Service Corps, while Mohammed Ardo, a co-travellers from Gusau who was also kidnapped along with the corps members has also been rescued and successfully reunited with his family.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu while commending the Commissioner of Police in charge of Katsina state CP Sanusi Buba, his operatives as well as good citizens of the state who supported the police operations assured Nigerians of the unrelenting determination of the Force to rid the nation of all forms of crime and criminality.