By Gom Mirian, Abuja
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has brought to the notice of residents especially in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states that the social restriction orders would continue during the Easter celebrations.
Force Public Relations Officer, DCP, Frank Mba made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
To this end, the IGP directed the commissioners of Police in states where the social restriction orders have been emplaced to ensure strict compliance with the order during the 2020 Easter celebration.
Adamu, who extends his felicitation with the Christian community across the country as they commemorate the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus christ, urged religious leaders in the affected States to continue to cooperate with relevant government agencies.
“While felicitating with the Nigerian Christian Community, as Christendom commemorates the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the IGP calls on religious leaders in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as other States affected by the restriction orders, to continue to cooperate with relevant government agencies and use their leadership positions to encourage worshippers to observe Prayers and Worship Programs in the confines of their homes”.
He said that the call has become imperative in order to curtail the community spread of the COVID-19 pandemic which has immensely challenged humanity across all spheres of life.
The Police Chief said he was worried that for the first time in history, circumstances had compelled the government to order restrictions on social gatherings, affecting religious programme of all faith.
He further enjoined citizens to see the restrictions as the symbolism of Easter which connotes sacrifice tolerance, perseverance, love and ultimate triumph.