Easter celebration: Police say social restriction order still in force

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has directed the Commissioners of Police in States where the social restriction orders have been emplaced to continue with the due enforcement of the orders.

The IGP in a press statement by Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, called on religious leaders in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as other States affected by the restriction orders, to continue to cooperate with relevant government agencies and use their leadership positions to encourage worshippers to observe Prayers and Worship Programs in the confines of their homes.

He said that the call had become necessary in order to curtail the community spread of the COVID-19 pandemic which has immensely challenged humanity across all spheres of life.

“While felicitating with the Nigerian Christian Community, as Christendom commemorates the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the IGP calls on religious leaders in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as other States affected by the restriction orders, to continue to cooperate with relevant government agencies and use their leadership positions to encourage worshippers to observe Prayers and Worship Programs in the confines of their homes,” the statement quoted the IGP to have said.

Mba said the IGP expressed deep concerns that for the first time in the annals of the Nation, circumstances had compelled the authorities to emplace restrictions on social gatherings, which inevitably was also affecting religious programmes of all faiths.

He enjoined Nigerians to see the restrictions in the light of the symbolism of Easter which, according to him  connoted sacrifice, tolerance, perseverance, love and ultimate triumph.

Mba said the IGP reassured the citizenry that the Nigeria Police would remain steadfast and committed in the duty of ensuring public safety and security during the Easter period and beyond, he wished Nigerians Happy Easter Celebrations.

 

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