In order to bring sanity and end to the killing, looting, and destruction of properties, and reclaim the public space from thugs masquerading as protesters in parts of the country, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Muhammad Adamu, has ordered the mobilization of all police assets and resources.
He gave the order to all Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs), Heads of Police Operational Units, Squadron and Base Commanders in charge of Zonal/State/FCT Commands, the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit and the Special Protection Unit.
In addition, the IGP, Adamu, specifically ordered the Commissioners of Police and heads of police formations in the 36 states including Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to mobilize their men and work in sync with the Command CPs in the areas where they were domiciled, to dominate the public space, and ensure peace and safety in the affected areas.
“Enough is enough to all acts of lawlessness, disruption of public peace and order and wanton violence which have resulted to indiscriminate looting of shops, malls, and warehouses, damage to property and loss of lives in some parts of the country, further directed the police strategic managers to personally lead and coordinate the operation and use all legitimate means to halt the further slide into lawlessness,” the statement reads.
He called on law-abiding citizens not to panic but rather join forces with the police and other members of the law enforcement community to protect their communities from the criminal elements.
He also sought the understanding and cooperation of the citizens, giving an assurance that the action was geared towards ensuring public order and safety, as well as public security in various communities.
However, warned troublemakers not to test the collective will of the nation by coming out to cause any further breakdown of law and order.