Shiite Protests: Beef-Up Security Nationwide-IGP Directs Police

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on Friday ordered the immediate beef-up of security in all the States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

According to a statement signed on Friday by the spokesperson for the Force Headquarters, Frank Mba this is due to the series of protests by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites.

The statement said, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the immediate beef-up of security in all the States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. This is in the face of a series of violent protest and unrest by members of the El-Zazakky group in the FCT.’’

It said the IGP however assured citizens that proactive measures including aerial surveillance of major cities have been put in place to ensure the safety and security of lives and property.

Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) nationwide have also been mandated by the IGP to ensure customised security arrangements are put in place in their Area of Responsibilities (AORs) to checkmate the activities of criminals and any possible threat to public peace, the statement said.

The Police boss also warned that protesters should not breach public peace while going about their demonstrations.

“The IGP has further advised all would-be protesters to ensure they express their grievances within the ambit of the law so as not to infringe on the constitutional rights of other citizens or cause a breach of public peace.”

He, however, enjoins citizens to be wary of circulating unsubstantiated security advisories capable of creating undue fear, panic, and apprehension in the country.