The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the deployment of water-tight security arrangements to cover all schools, hospitals, health workers, and critical national infrastructures across the country.
The IGP also ordered regular patrols, stop-and-search, raids, and show of force by tactical commanders to clamp down on pockets of crime and criminality recorded in some states of the federation.
This is contained in a statement signed by CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer, made available to the National Association of Online Security Reporters (NAOSRE) on Sunday.
According to the statement, the IGP gave the directive while reviewing the general security situation in Nigeria via reports from commands and formations across the country.
He tasked strategic police managers at various levels to prioritize the use of intelligence gathering networks, particularly traditional/local intelligence to locate criminal hideouts and apprehend them before they strike.
Baba also charged all officers and men to be on the offensive, and take the fight against crime to the doorposts of suspected criminal elements, including combing bushes and uncompleted buildings, profiling, and charging those found wanting to courts accordingly.
“Against the backdrop of this development, Nigerians are hereby urged to cooperate with the Police as many police operatives will be seen at strategic areas, routes and communities, in order to suppress the antics and criminal activities of men of the underworld.” The statement read.
Meanwhile, the IGP has warned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to be civil, professional and humane in the course of discharging their duties.
He restated his commitment to the protection of lives and property of members of the public.