From Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Inspector-General of Police(IGP), Usman Alkal, has ordered a water tight security in all schools, hospitals, health workers, and critical national infrastructures across the country.
The IGP equally ordered regular patrols, stop-and-search, raids and show of force by tactical commanders, to curb activities of criminals terrorising the peace of the country.
Force Public Relations Officer, Olumiyiwa Adejobi, who made the disclosure, said the patrol became necessary to protect the lives and property of members of the public and curbing the activities of criminals, particularly those who target schools, hospitals and other critical national infrastructure.
Adejobi’s statement reads: “The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the deployment of water-tight security arrangements to cover all schools, hospitals, health workers, and critical national infrastructures around the country.
“The IGP has equally ordered regular patrols, stop-and-search, raids, and show of force by tactical commanders to clamp down on pockets of crime and criminality recorded in some states of the federation.
“The IGP gave the directive while reviewing the general security situation of the nation, via reports from commands and formations across the country.
“The IGP has, however, tasked strategic police managers at various levels to prioritise the use of intelligence gathering networks, particularly traditional/local intelligence, to locate criminal hideouts and flush them out before they strike.
He has equally charged all officers and men to be on the offensive, and take the fight against crime to the doorposts of suspected criminal elements, including bushes and uncompleted buildings, profile them and charge those found wanting to courts, accordingly.
“Against the backdrop of this development, Nigerians are, hereby, urged to cooperate with the police, as many police operatives will be seen at strategic areas, routes and communities, in order to suppress the antics and criminal activities of men of the underworld.
“The IGP has, however, warned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to be civil, professional and humane in the course of discharging their duties.”