The Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar on behalf of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, has expressed his felicitation with Nigerians especially, Muslim faithful, on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-fitri celebration coming on 20th and 21st of August, 2012. He specially congratulated all Muslim faithful for a most successful Ramadan period.
It is the belief of the IGP that prayers said for the nation during the Ramadan have gone a long way in ensuring the peace and unity of the country, notwithstanding the numerous challenges facing the country. He expressed the hope that the benefits of Ramadan will continue to impact positively on the attitude of the citizenry, towards a more secure and prosperous Nigeria,a statement by Frank Mba the Force spokesman said.
The IGP also assured the general public, particularly worshippers, travellers and in deed all well meaning Nigerians that the Police Force, in the discharge of its constitutional responsibility, will continue to do everything within its capability to provide adequate security for everyone across the country. It is on this note that the IGP strongly warns all miscreants and mischief makers of all shades and colour, in their own interest, to keep away from disturbing the public peace, as the Force will stop at nothing to bring law-breakers to book.
Also the IGP said in the spirit of the season, Nigerians are once more enjoined to be their brothers’ keeper, by ensuring that information on all suspected criminal activities and plans are promptly reported to the Police or other sister security agencies, as prevention is better than cure. The public is reminded of their very vital role of collaborating with the Police in the fight against crime and criminality, as this has really been the cornerstone of Police successes in recent times
Meanwhile, to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Sallah celebration the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and State Command Commissioners of Police to take adequate measures to ensure the provision of water-tight security across the country before, during and after the celebration. Officers and men are to be deployed to ensure that the highways are effectively covered with motorised patrol teams. CPs are particularly mandated to personally, ensure that all places of worship, recreation centres, resorts and other public places are adequately and effectively protected, to enable worshippers and the general public enjoy maximum fulfilment.
In addition, all Zonal AIGs and CPs have also been advised to ensure the provision of 24hrs security around all government installations, facilities and other related valuable targets. The IGP warned officers who will be deployed during the period, to ensure that they comport themselves 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 all Nigerians at all times.
Finally, the IGP re-emphasised that his commitment and that of his Management Team towards reforming and repositioning the Nigeria Police Force for greater effectiveness and efficiency is irrevocable. He seeks the prayers, support and understanding of the public, assuring that by God’s grace, the battle against crime and criminality will eventually be won.