By Gom Mirian, Abuja
Inspector General of Police, Mohamed Adamu, has cautioned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force deployed for the enforcement of the lockdown and social restriction orders as a result of the global pandemic to ensure the rights of citizens were not infringed upon under any pretext.
According to the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, persons on essential duties, duly exempted from the restriction, should be accorded due courtesies and unfettered access to and from their places of duty.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni has cautioned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force currently deployed for the enforcement of the lockdown and social restriction orders to ensure that the *rights of Nigerians* are not infringed upon under any pretext.
” the statement read in part.
“Also, persons on essential duties, duly exempted from the restriction orders, should be accorded due courtesies and unfettered access to and fro their places of duty.
IGP Adamu noted that the global community was now in extra- ordinary times, with the lockdown taking its toll on every component of our national life.
” Therefore, all police officers deployed for the enforcement of these restriction orders must be professional, humane and tactful and must show utmost respect to the citizenry.
“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.
“The 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.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has expressed profound gratitude to Nigerians for their resilience and voluntary compliance with the social restriction orders and cooperation with the Police at all times. He urges citizens to continue to observe all precautionary measures issued by relevant health authorities in order for the nation to defeat this pandemic” the statement read.