– Warns against unnecessary arrests/detention of suspects
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu has enjoined citizens to voluntarily adhere to the orders.
He directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police nationwide to ensure that all legitimate orders given in pursuant to the containment efforts were strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.
According to statement by the Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, the development was against the backdrop of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) global health threat and the subsequent social restriction orders imposed by governments at all levels, to enable its containment.
Mba said the IGP, while urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directed the Zonal AIGs and Command CPs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects were not condoned.
He said the IGP reiterated that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention.
Mba added that the IGP further directed that adequate measures be emplaced to screen persons to be committed into police custody.
He said the IGP enjoined citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary.
He said the IGP had also ordered Command CPs to immediately publicize phone numbers of their Command Control Rooms, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and other Tactical Commanders using the conventional and non- conventional media in order to facilitate alternative interacting and reporting options between the Public and the Police
Also, in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive that all tertiary institutions be shut, the IGP has ordered the immediate closure of the Nigeria Police Academy as well as all Police Primary and Secondary Schools nationwide.
He said the Force Medical Services had been empowered and directed to step up sensitization programmes across Commands, Formations and Barracks in the country.