2 January 2021 By Peter Ireh
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners in the thirty-six States of the Federation to ensure full enforcement of the (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba in Abuja.
According to the statement,The IGP gave the order to the Strategic Police Managers following the directive 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, the workplace, schools, banks, public transport, vehicles, hostels, boarding houses, detention centres and general restrictions on gatherings.
The statement also notes that the uncertainty and risks engendered by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic had placed additional responsibilities on the general public, calls on citizens to voluntarily comply with the provisions of the Regulations for the safety of all.
It further cautions officers enforcing the Regulations to show tact, compassion and empathy with the citizens.
The statement reiterates that officers must be firm and professional and at the same time remain polite, civil and respect the fundamental rights of the Nigerians.