The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and state police commissioners to strictly enforce the social restriction order imposed by the government to stop the spread of the Coronavirus disease in their respective jurisdiction.
Mohammed Adamu in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, by the force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, enjoined Nigerians to voluntarily adhere to the orders.
He also counselled the citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimise official visits, except where absolutely necessary.
The IG asked the senior officers not to condone cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects.
The statement said, “Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 global health threat and the subsequent social restriction orders imposed by governments at all levels to enable its containment, the IG while enjoining citizens to voluntarily adhere to the orders, directs 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 are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.”
It 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.
The IG further directed that adequate measures must be put in place to screen persons to be committed into custody.
He ordered the CPs to immediately publicise phone numbers of their Command Control Rooms, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers 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, the IG said he had ordered the immediate closure of the Nigeria Police Academy as well as all police primary and secondary schools nationwide.
The statement added that the Force Medical Services had been empowered and directed to step up sensitization programmes across commands, formations and barracks in the country.