December 31, 2014 – Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Suleiman Abba has advised worshippers to keep vehicles away as they gather in their various places of worship to usher in the New Year.
“Against the backdrop of security challenges in the country and the general preparation for the New Year Celebrations, the Nigeria Police High Command has urged worshippers both at Jummat and Church services to take adequate measures to reduce the number of vehicles around these hallowed worship centres”, Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu said in a statement.
The Force equally advises operators of Motor Parks, Shopping Malls and Recreational Centres to work very closely with the police and other security agencies as they strive to strengthen general security in their respective facilities.
The statement added that to ensure a secure, peaceful and hitch-free nation-wide New Year celebration, the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and State Command Commissioners of Police to ensure an effective and efficient deployment of all operational manpower and tools at the disposal of their respective Commands.
He also directed the AIG Border Patrol to ensure that the nation’s borders are effectively manned to prevent any cross-border crime.
He said the AIG Air-Wing has also been directed to provide aerial patrol for the FCT and other States.
While saluting the courage and gallantry of officers and men of the Force for their tireless services in protecting lives and property during the year, the IGP charges its personnel to continue to be civil in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
He, however, warns that officers found acting contrary to the Force’s “Vision and Mission” will be appropriately sanctioned.
The Inspector-General of Police, while wishing all Nigerians a very blissful and peaceful New Year Celebrations, assures Nigerians of the Nigeria Police Force readiness and commitment towards ensuring a free and fair 2015 general elections.