FG lists steps to take to be safe during Xmas, New Year as police offer assurances

FG lists steps to take to be safe during Xmas, New Year as police offer assurances

- The federal government has listed steps Nigerians should take ahead of Christmas and the New Year

- The NOA said the recent bomb threat by insurgents is receiving adequate attention from security agencies across Nigeria

- The IGP Idris has ordered commissioners of police across the country to be on red-alert ahead of the yuletide

The federal government has listed steps Nigerians need to be safe during the next Christmas and the New Year celebration.

NAIJ.com reports that the federal government through National Orientation Agency (NOA) said that recent bomb threat by insurgents is receiving adequate attention from security agencies across Nigeria.

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The NOA in its tweeter page said: “Recent bomb threat by insurgents is receiving adequate attention from security agencies. During this yuletide, #Nigerians should increase vigilance at shopping malls, places of worship, markets, motor parks & other locations with large crowds. #BeSecurityConscious.”

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has ordered commissioners of police and their supervising assistant inspectors general of police in charge of zonal and state commands across the country to be on red-alert and beef up security throughout the concerned states and other parts of the country.

A statement signed by the police public relation officer, Jimoh Moshood, said that, “Nigeria police force reassures all Nigerians and foreign nationals in the mentioned states and other part of the country of adequate security and enjoin them not to panic.

“Consequent on the recent Boko Haram attacks on soft targets in Adamawa and Borno states, it could be recalled that the inspector general of police, IGP Ibrahim k. Idris npm, mni, ordered all commissioners of police in charge of state commands and their supervising assistant inspectors general of police and their personnel nationwide to be on red-alert with effect from 21st November, 2017 to nip in the bud and prevent the spread of further attacks in the affected states and other states of the federation.

“Notwithstanding, the recent cautions and warnings by US and UK missions in Nigeria of possible attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on soft targets in FCT, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe, the inspector general of police has re-emphasized and reinforced his directive to all commissioners of police in charge of state commands and their supervising assistant inspectors general of police and the entire personnel of the force to remain on red-alert and beef up security throughout the country.

“For avoidance of doubt, the commissioners of police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe states are under strict instruction by the inspector general of police to hold stakeholder meetings with the people, strengthen security in their area of responsibility (AOR) and carryout massive deployment of police personnel and equipment in the identified vulnerable locations, perceived/prone soft targets in their area of responsibility.

“They are also to ensure twenty four (24) hours police patrols of mosques and churches, market, schools, motor parks, hotels, recreation centres, settlements, villages, towns and cities in the mentioned states. The operations which has commenced in the indicated states will continue throughout the month of December, 2017 and into the new year and beyond.

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“However, the Nigeria police force implores members of the public in the indicated states to go about their lawful businesses and other engagements without any apprehension and not to panic but to be cautious, vigilant and more security conscious. They should report promptly any untoward or suspicious happening to the nearest police station or formation.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that an FCT High Court in Jabi on Monday, December 4, fixed January 22 to deliver judgment on enforcement of rights’ suit filed by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, against the Senate.

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Source: Naija.ng

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