In order to tackle pockets of crime and criminality in some parts of the country, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the deployment of reinforced security arrangements around national institutions and critical assets.
The Police Chief’s order was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, 14 August, by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
The Fact Daily reports that the order follows IGP Baba’s review of the general security situation of the nation via reports from commands and formations across the country, and is to cover such institutions as schools, hospitals, and national infrastructures.
Adejobi also said that while the IGP equally ordered regular patrols, stop and search, raids, and show of force by tactical commanders to clamp down on criminality, he tasked strategic police managers at various levels to prioritize the use of intelligence gathering networks, particularly traditional/local intelligence to locate criminal hideouts and flush them out before they strike.
The IGP further “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”.
Consequently, Adejobi stated that, many police operatives would be seen at strategic areas, routes and communities, and citizens are urged to cooperate with the Police in order to suppress the antics and criminal activities of men of the underworld. However the IGP warned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to be civil, professional and humane in the course of discharging their duties.
The Inspector-General of Police, who reiterated his commitment to the protection of lives and property of well-meaning members of the public by decimating the activities of rogue criminal elements, similarly charged police officers to protect with courage and serve with compassion in line with his administration’s policing theme.