The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has ordered the Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the 17 zonal commands and their constituent Commissioners of Police in the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, to carry out full enforcement of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CP Frank Mba, tey are to ensure full compliance with the Regulations in their respective Areas of Responsibilities (AoR).
CP Mba explained that the IGP gave the order to the Strategic Police Managers following the directives by the President as contained in the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021 which mandates the Nigeria Police Force and other agencies of Government mentioned therein to ensure full enforcement of the Regulations in public places – places of worship, workplace and schools, banks, public transport vehicles, hostels, boarding houses, detention centres, etc – and general restrictions on gatherings as well as the use of face mask.
The IGP, while noting that the uncertainty and risks engendered by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic have placed additional responsibilities on the public, called on citizens to voluntarily comply with the provisions of the Regulations for the safety of all.
The IGP cautioned officers enforcing the Regulations to show tact, compassion, and empathy with the citizens. He reiterated that the officers must be firm and professional and at the same time remain polite, civil and respect the fundamental rights of the citizens.
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