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Covid-19: IGP Orders Strict Enforcement Of National Curfew And Inter State Movement Restrictions In The Country

The Inspector-General of Police has held a virtual conference with all the zonal Assistant-Inspectors General of Police and State Commissioners of Police on Tuesday, 19th May, 2020.

During the meeting, the IGP ordered the Zonal Assistant-Inspectors General of Police and State Commissioners of Police to strictly enforce national curfew and inter state movement restriction as instructed by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the conference also availed the Force leadership the opportunity to engage the strategic managers, assess the security situation in the country, review operational strategies and take decisive measures aimed at evolving customized security solutions to cope with crime trends and other security challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IGP, while evaluating security reports from various States Commands, admonished the Commissioners of Police particularly in States with recent incidents of attacks on communities, to re-arrange their security architecture to forestall further attacks and keep the communities safe and secure for the citizenry.

Mallam Adamu further expressed concerns over reports bordering on human rights infractions between the public and personnel of the Force and called for mutual respect between the public and members of the Force and charged the Strategic Managers to place more premium on the supervision of police personnel under their watch.

The IGP however stressed on the fact that all essential workers including Medical Personnel,Firefighters, Ambulance Services,Journalists,etc are exempted from the restriction of movement associated with both the partial lockdown and the national curfew across the Federation.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed A. Adamu therefore directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commands Commissioners of Police to give effect to these exemptions whilst enforcing the restriction orders.

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