The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has ordered strict enforcement of the national curfew and inter-state movement restriction orders emplaced by the Federal Government as part of measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
According to a statement by Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, said the IGP gave this directive to the Zonal Assistant-Inspectors General of Police and State Commissioners of Police during a virtual conference held on Tuesday, 19th May, 2020.
Mba said the conference 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.
He said the IGP, while evaluating security reports from various States Commands, charged the Commissioners of Police particularly in States with recent incidents of attacks on communities, to rejig their security architecture to forestall further attacks and keep the communities safe and secure for the citizenry.
Mba stated that the IGP also 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 premiums on the supervision of police personnel under their watch.
Mba said the virtual conference is the first by the Nigeria Police Force since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.