COVID-19: IGP orders strict enforcement of inter-state movement restriction orders

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, on Tuesday, ordered strict enforcement of the national curfew and inter-state movement restriction orders emplaced by the Federal Government as part of measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Tuesday, by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba.

According to the statement, the IGP gave the directive to the Zonal Assistant-Inspectors General of Police and State Commissioners of Police during a virtual conference held on Tuesday.

The statement explained that the conference availed the Force leadership the opportunity to engage the strategic managers, assess the security situation in the country, review operational strategies and take decisive measures aimed at evolving customised security solutions to cope with crime trends and other security challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the statement, the IGP, while evaluating security reports from various States Commands, charged the Commissioners of Police particularly in States with recent incidents of attacks on communities, to rejig their security architecture to forestall further attacks and keep the communities safe and secure for the citizenry

“The IGP also expressed concerns over reports bordering on human rights infractions between the public and personnel of the Force and therefore called for mutual respect between the public and members of the Force and charged the Strategic Managers to place more premium on the supervision of police personnel under their watch.”

The virtual conference was the first by the Nigeria Police Force since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

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