Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, IGP Muhammadu A. Adamu, has ordered the Nigeria Police Force to immediately mobilize and regain control of the economy.
In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, Adamu tasked the police team nation-wide to mobilize all police operational assets and resources to bring an end to the wanton violence, killings, lootings and destruction of public and private property in the country.
The IGP further directed the force authorities to reclaim the public space from criminal elements who have been masquerading themselves as protesters in some parts of the country.
The IGP gave the order to all Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs), Heads of Police Operational Units, Squadron and Base Commanders in charge of Zonal/State/FCT Commands, the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit and the Special Protection Unit, today 24th October, 2020. In addition, CPs/Heads of Police Formations in the various states have also been charged to mobilize their men and work in sync with the Command CPs in the areas where they are domiciled, to dominate the public space and ensure peace and safety in the affected areas.
The order given by the Police IG has become imperative following continued violence in some states of the country by some hoodlums who have hidden under the cloak of the EndSars protests to perpetrate all forms of vices in the society.
Adamu, while noting that enough is enough of all acts of lawlessness, disruption of public peace and order and wanton violence which has resulted to indiscriminate looting of shops, malls and warehouses, damage to property and loss of lives in some parts of the country, further directs the Police strategic managers to personally lead and coordinate the operation and use all legitimate means, to halt the further slide into lawlessness and brigandage.
He, therefore, calls for the understanding and cooperation of the citizens assuring them that the action is geared towards inducing public order and safety and public security in all communities.