‘You can travel anywhere for Easter, you’re safe’, IGP assures Nigerians

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, has given assurances to Nigerians who plan to travel during the Easter celebrations that they are safe.
In a statement released by Force Spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a copy of which was made available to Uptown Press, the Police chief stated that adequate measures have been put in place to guarantee the security of citizens, regardless of their mode of transportation.

The IGP has ordered all State Commissioners of Police (CPs) and their supervising Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) to deploy police personnel and operational assets to areas of likely security threats within their areas of responsibility (AoRs). This is to ensure round-the-clock security and protection of public spaces across the country.

The police chief also emphasized the commitment of the police to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens and visitors during the Easter celebrations. The measures put in place cover all means of transportation, including road, air, waterways, and rail.

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The assurance is a welcome development for Nigerians who plan to travel to their hometowns or other places during the Easter celebrations. The IGP’s directive is expected to reinforce the confidence of Nigerians in the ability of the police to provide adequate security and protection during the festive period.

The statement reads in part: “Intensive and proactive visibility patrols will be conducted at all worship centres, train stations, highways, motor parks, airports, waterways, recreation centres, banks, and other financial institutions, as well as other critical infrastructures and public spaces.

“The IGP has also assured all travellers who will be visiting their hometowns and other places within the country for the festivities of adequate security irrespective of the medium of such travels whether by road, air, waterways, or rail, as deployments have been increased and visibility patrols intensified in all areas including aerial patrol and surveillance.
“The Nigeria Police Force emphasizes the importance of professional conduct among its officers deployed for these duties. While ensuring courteousness to law-abiding citizens, officers will maintain firmness and ruthlessness towards criminal elements seeking to exploit the festive period for their unlawful activities.
“The IGP felicitates with Nigerians, especially the Christian community, on the occasion of the Easter celebrations. He appreciates the citizens for their support and calls on them to cooperate continually with the Nigeria Police and other security agencies by providing prompt and actionable information to prevent and detect crime.
“As we commemorate the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us come together in unity and vigilance to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all. The Nigeria Police Force remains committed to serving and protecting the public, and we urge everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the nearest Police Station/Post,”.

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