Inspector General of Police orders tight security around schools, hospitals, other national infrastructure

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered immediate deployment of security operatives to all schools, hospitals, and critical national infrastructure across Nigeria, as well as regular patrols, stop-and-search, raids and show of force by tactical commanders to clamp down on crime and criminality.

Penpushing reports that, the Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi made this known in a statement on Sunday, adding that the order was issued following review of the general security situation across the country in reports filed by police commands and formations.

The statement added that the police boss called on strategic police managers at various levels to prioritise the use of intelligence gathering, particularly traditional and local intelligence to locate criminals’ hideouts and flush them out.

Penpushing further reports that, Adejobi, a chief superintendent of police said the Inspector General of Police urged all officers and men of the force to be on the offensive and to take the fight against crime to the doorposts of suspected criminals, including bushes and uncompleted buildings.

The statement stressed that, Baba called on the officers to profile suspects and charge those found wanting to courts accordingly, and enjoined Nigerians to cooperate with the police as many police operatives would be seen at strategic areas, routes and communities.

Penpushing also reports that, the police leadership explained that the idea was to suppress the antics and criminal activities of men of the underworld, and equally warned police officers and men to be civil, professional and humane in the discharge of their duties.

The statement said the Inspector General pledged the commitment of the police to the protection of lives and property by decimating criminal elements that target schools, hospitals and other critical national infrastructure.

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