The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has enjoined Christians to emulate and imbibe the worthy virtues, principles and teachings of Christ, by being open minded to issues of peace, forgiveness and harmonious co-existence, especially, at this auspicious moment in the history of our country.
In a Christmas message signed by the Deputy Force Public Relations, Frank Mba, Mr Abubakar called on all Nigerians to appreciate and respect the diversities of the nation, and leverage on same as a source of strength and medium for national development.
Meanwhile, to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Christmas celebration the police chief has directed all Zonal AIGs and state command commissioners to take all necessary measures to ensure the provision of adequate security across the country before, during and after the celebration.
The Commissioners of police are to personally, ensure that key and vulnerable points including: shopping malls, motor parks, financial houses, places of worship, recreation centres and other public places are adequately and effectively protected, to enable holiday makers, worshippers and the general public enjoy maximum fulfilment.
Similarly, the Zonal AIGs and CPs have been directed to ensure the provision of 24hrs security around all government installations, strategic facilities and other key targets.
The Inspector General of Police also directed all commanders of police highway patrol teams to ensure that motorized patrols on highways targeted at crime and accident prevention, are intensified to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful celebration.
Police officials deployed the highways have also been directed to render necessary assistance to travellers and road users, especially accident victims and those who may suffer vehicular break down.
Mr Abubakar warned officers who will be deployed during the period, to ensure that they comport themselves and act within the confines of the law.
“They must be firm but polite, civil and professional in the discharge of their assigned roles, giving due regard and respect to the fundamental human rights of citizens at all times,” he said.