The Commissioners of Police in the Thirty-Six States, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), have been ordered to initiate and implement proactive crime prevention strategies and ensure a round-the-clock visibility patrols around the nooks and crannies of the Country, this holiday season.

Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba gave this order via a Press Statement at the Police HQ in Abuja on Friday. He said achieving a crime and crisis free Yuletide is of utmost priority to the Force and the nation at large. 

He directed the AIGs and CPs to massively deploy human, intelligence and other operational assets of the Force at their disposal to all public places including residential areas, places of worship, recreational centres, financial institutions, market places, motor-parks, major highways, airports, railway stations, amongst others, to protect lives and property. 

"IGP has warned Police personnel deployed for duties during the yuletide season, particularly those deployed to secure the highways across the country, to desist from acts inimical to discipline and professionalism. 

"The IGP equally enjoined citizens to cooperate with officers deployed for the assignments especially by being law abiding, noting that the Force remains sensitive to issues of rights violations, illegitimate use of force and has since deployed the Monitoring Unit, the X-Squad, and the Force Provost Unit on joint operation nationwide with a view to monitoring conducts of officers as citizens transit in and around the country during the festive season and holidays. 

While congratulating Christians in the country on the occasion of the 2021 celebration of the birth of Christ, the IGP thanked all Nigerians for supporting the Police and the security community in the fight against crimes and criminality", the statement read in part. 

He also adviced all to go about the celebration in the spirit of love and a high level of caution, security-wise. 

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