As the lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja continues to take its toll on Nigerians resident in these affected parts of the country, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has sternly warned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force who have been charged with the enforcement of the presidential order to fully respect the rights of Nigerians while discharging their duties to the fatherland.
This charge was contained in a statement released Thursday by DCP Frank Mba, the Force Spokesman. Mba instructed that individuals who are exempted from the restriction orders due to the essential duties they perform, should not be hindered from discharging their functions, and that free access to and from their places of work be granted them.
According to the statement the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was being felt the world over, with the attendant restrictions on movement having unintended consequences.
Part of the statement reads, “To this end, the IGP has directed Command Commissioners of Police to immediately commence conduct monitoring of Police Officers deployed on enforcement duties in their areas of responsibilities.
“The IGP has equally charged Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) across the nation to ensure adequate supervision of personnel under their watch, as well as due compliance with the Standard Operating Procedure guiding this special task.
“AIGs and CPs are also to ensure robust anti-crime patrols and surveillance around vulnerable targets such as medical facilities, shops and markets, residential areas, financial institutions and Automated Teller Machines (ATM) points, amongst others so that criminals do not take undue advantage of the current COVID-19 challenge to perpetrate crimes against the citizenry”.
While expressing the IGP’s gratitude to Nigerians for respecting the restriction orders and cooperating with the force on other fronts, Mr Mba admonished the citizens to continue observing all precautionary measures issued by government and health authorities in order to help stem the further spread of the deadly virus in the country.
*** Amechi Idumuebor