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Yuletide: IGP Orders Adequate Security For Worship Centres, Picnickers


By Ayo Balogun, Lagos

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase has ordered all Zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police, to take necessary measures in ensuring the provision of adequate security for worshippers, travellers, picnickers and all citizens across the country before, during, and after the Yuletide celebration.

According to him, the Command Commissioners of Police are to personally ensure that all key and vulnerable points within their jurisdictions, including places of worship, recreation centres, motor parks, shopping malls, highways, financial institutions and all places of public resorts are adequately and effectively protected.

The IGP also said in view of the Yuletide season and the security challenges in the country, citizens should be warned to be vigilant while receiving gifts from unknown persons that may pose as friends during the season in order to avoid explosive-laden hampers as gifts.

The IGP, in a statement also cautioned against the use of fireworks such as knockout, “bangers” and other explosives in the celebrations as they could cause distraction that may further heighten fear of insecurity.

He enjoined citizens to shun all forms of violence and unlawful acts, eschew bitterness, hatred and rancour and go about their legitimate duties without fear of intimidation from any quarter during and after the season.


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