The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate mobilisation of all police operational assets and resources to bring an end to the wanton violence, killings, looting and destruction of public and private property.
Adamu directed hid men to move swiftly to reclaim the public space from criminal elements masquerading as protesters in some parts of the country.
A statement by Force spokesman, Frank Mba, said the IGP gave the order to all Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs), Heads of Police Operational Units, Squadron and Base Commanders in charge of Zonal/State/FCT Commands, the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit and the Special Protection Unit, on Saturday.
According to Mba, the CPs/Heads of Police Formations in the various states had also been charged to mobilise their men and work in sync with the Command CPs in the areas where they were domiciled, to dominate the public space and ensure peace and safety in the affected areas.
He declared that “The IGP, while noting that enough is enough to all acts of lawlessness, disruption of public peace and order and wanton violence which have resulted to indiscriminate looting of shops, malls and warehouses, damage to property and loss of lives in some parts of the country, further directs the Police strategic managers to personally lead and coordinate the operation and use all legitimate means, to halt further slide into lawlessness and brigandage.
“The IGP enjoins law-abiding citizens not to panic but rather join forces with the police and other members of the law enforcement community to protect their communities from the criminal elements.
“He further calls for the understanding and cooperation of the citizens assuring that the action is geared towards ensuring public order and safety and public security in our communities.
“The IGP however warns trouble-makers not to test the collective will of the nation by coming out to cause any further breakdown of law and order.”