The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, while congratulating President Mohammadu Buhari, and the entire people of Nigeria, on the occasion of the nation’s 55th Independence Anniversary, has directed all policemen in the country to be red alert as the country marks the occasion on Thursday, October 1.
In a statement by Arase, on behalf of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, the police chief lauded ‘the courage and determination of Nigerians to build and sustain a strong, indivisible and virile nation, in spite of all confronting circumstances.’
Arase, also in the statement, made available to Global Patriot Newspapers, Wednesday, by Ag. ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the Force Public Relations Office, Force Headquarters, Abuja, assured Nigerians of a peaceful and secure anniversary celebration, as according to him, ‘officers and men of the Force have been charged to ensure round the clock security measures, including effective aerial and vehicular patrol of all nooks and crannies of the country, to enable Nigerians mark yet another Independence Anniversary.’
“The IGP has specifically, directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure adequate and effective deployment of all operational tools and manpower within their Commands, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of the citizenry.
“The IGP enjoins all well-meaning persons and groups, to cooperate with the Force by providing useful information, especially with regards to the on-going fight against terrorism and other forms of crimes and criminalities, for the mutual benefit and collective interest of the citizenry,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Arase has charged Police Mobile Force (PMF) Unit Commanders to make supervision and total control of their policemen very seriously with a view to avoiding vicarious liability.
The police chief said, Tuesday, at the official passing out ceremony of the Police Mobile Force Unit Commanders Conversion Course which held at PMF Training College Ila Oragun, Osun State.
The IGP also ‘mandated them to do away with illegal deployment of their men to unauthorized persons or beats, reiterating the need to be civil to members of the public in the course of carrying out their duties and ensuring zero tolerance for corruption.’
A total number of 196 police officers have been undergoing intensive training in combat operations, ethics, personnel management, musketry, human rights, fire arms laws and regulations among other things aimed at equipping them to become effective and efficient Unit Commanders.