Christmas is here again, and one thing we ought to pay closer attention to is our security. This is because criminal always sees time like this as opportunity to commit crime. Therefore, how ready is the Nigerian Police to protect the citizen during this festive period and beyond?
The Inspector-Genreral of the police, Mr, Suileman Abba, has ordered a nationwide deployment of police strike units for a water-tight security throughout the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
This was made known in a statement Issued by the Force spokesman, Mr. Emmanuel Ojokwu, in Abuja yesterday.
Mr. Abba also ordered the police air wing to carry out air surveillance patrol and make sure that no threats poses any issues, the Marine police too are not left out in the order, as they too are to ensure that a sustained patrol of all the water ways are properly secured.
All the Zonal Assistant Inspector-General and Commissioners of police in charge of state commands, were directed to put in place, extended "police visibility and patrols"
The IG urged his men to do this taking into considerations the peculiar situation that the country is presently in, as they were enjoined to protect the citizens while they celebrate.
Operators of public places such as hotels, viewing centers, and recreation centers were not left out, as they too were advised to be vigilant and to ensure that they properly screen all visitors/users of their facilities during the period to avoid any eventualities.
As for the police, they are to remain alert as the stages of their lines of action has been planned and duly set for action. Police boosts security ahead of Christmas and New year celebrations
The affected units are Police Mobile Force, Special Protection Unit, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Explosive Ordinance Department, Dog Section and Mounted Troops.
"Members of the public are also urged to report any suspicious movement in their areas to the police," he charged.
Police begin sale of admission forms
Meanwhile, the force has announced the commencement of sales of forms for admission into its degree awarding institution in Kano, the Police Academy, Wudil.
A statement signed by the force spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, yesterday, said the sales of the forms began on Nov. 12 and was expected to end on March 31, 2015.