ABUJA – The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, has ordered a nationwide deployment of all police strike units for a water-tight security throughout the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
This is contained in a statement issued by the force spokesman, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, yesterday in Abuja.
The affected units are Police Mobile Force, Special Protection Unit, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Explosive Ordinance Department, Dog Section and Mounted Troops.
Abba also ordered the police air wing to carry out air surveillance patrols, while the Marine Police should ensure a sustained patrol of all the water ways.
He directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of state commands to put in place extended “police visibility and patrols’’.
The I-G enjoined them to do this taking into consideration their peculiar security situation to enable them to protect the citizens as they celebrate.
Abba advised operators of public places such as hotels, viewing and recreation centres to be vigilant and ensure that they properly screen all visitors/users of their facilities during the period.
“Members of the public are also urged to report any suspicious movement in their areas to the police,’’ he charged.
Abba rejoiced with Christians in the country as they join other Christians worldwide to celebrate the Christmas.
He urged them to practice the virtues of Jesus Christ by propagating peace, love and forgiveness.
While commending them for their selfless service to the country, he also wished all officers and men of the force as well as their families a joyful Xmas.
Meanwhile, the force has announced the commencement of sales of forms for admission into its degree awarding institution in Kano, the Police Academy, Wudil.
A statement signed by the force spokesman, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, yesterday said the sales of the forms began on November 12 and was expected to end on March 31, 2015.
The statement said that application/admission requirements and detailed information were available at the institution’s website, adding it was open to both male and female of good character.