The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate deployment of the Nigerian Police Force anti-riot unit to protect lives and property of Nigerians nationwide.
According to a statement released by the spokesperson of the police command, Frank Mba on Tuesday 20th October, the IGP directed Commissioners of Police in all states to identify and isolate law-breakers from peaceful protesters, immediately arrest and diligently prosecute such perpetrators of violence in their respective Commands.
Adamu also appealed with residents in Edo state to come forward with useful information that can help in the re-arrest of the prisoners that escaped during the jailbreaks in the state on Monday 19th October.
The statement reads;
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered immediate nationwide deployment of anti-riot police unit – the Police Mobile Force (PMF) – to protect lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country.
The IGP has also ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen security around Correctional facilities nationwide. The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Consequently, the Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the FCT are to identify and isolate law-breakers from peaceful protesters; immediately arrest and diligently prosecute such perpetrators of violence in their respective Commands. The IGP notes that twelve (12) suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks and arson on Police Stations in Benin, Edo State. Five (5) AK47 rifles earlier stolen from vandalized Police Stations have also been recovered.
The Inspector-General of Police calls on members of the public to avail the police with useful information that can lead to the re-arrest of the fleeing inmates, unlawfully released from Correctional facilities. Meanwhile, the IGP has advised parents/guardians to prevail on their children/wards to steer-clear of acts of violence and criminality as the Force will henceforth exercise the full powers of the law to prevent any further attempt on lives and property of citizens.
DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER