Fear of Religion-Related Violence: Police on Red Alert Nationwide

By SaharaReporters, New York

Nigeria police The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, has placed all Police Formations in Nigeria on red alert, and ordered water-tight security around embassies and foreign missions.

A press statement by Frank E. Mba, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, said the move is to ensure that no violence takes place anywhere in the county similar to what has been experience in some parts of the world on account of a recent US film believed to have offended some religious faithful.

“In this regard, the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure a 24-hour water-tight security in and around all Embassies and Foreign Missions in Nigeria as well as other vulnerable targets,” the statement said. “In addition, the AIG in charge of Intelligence and Commissioners of Police in charge of the various Police Special Squads such as the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Special Protection Unit (SPU) have been directed to ensure that their personnel are strategically deployed to prevent and nib all potential crisis in the bud.”

The IGP also warned potential trouble makers to stay off the streets as security agencies will bring to bear the full weight of the law on all laws breakers, and advised parents and guardians to monitor their wards closely.

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