October 1: Massive Deployment Of Police Across Nigeria
When you see policemen everywhere on October 1 and following days, do not be scared or begin to imagine that there is war.
The massive deployment of policemen across Nigeria on Independence Day is a strategy by the police.
It was part of the strategies that the Nigeria Police Force has adopted to ensure safety of lives and property, as the nation marks its 57th year since it gained Independence from British colonial masters.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, approved the massive deployment to ensure a hitch-free and peaceful celebration.
A statement but the police boss on Saturday directed all Commissioners of Police in all states of the Federation and their supervising assistant Inspectors General of Police in charge of zonal commands to carry out the order.
Officers and men would be drafted from the police mobile force, counter-terrorism unit, special police forces and force intelligence and investigation department, among others.
The police boss ordered them to forestall any disturbances in connection with the quit notices issued by various groups in Nigeria.
Arewa youths in the north had issued one which they later withdrew while militants in Niger Delta are still insisting that Yoruba and Hausa citizens in the south-south region should leave.
To check tendencies of the youths taking the law into their hands, Mr Idris also placed all the personnel of the Force on red alert to nip in the bud any attempt by any group to cause disturbance of the peace of Nigerians on October 1, 2017 or at any other time.
The IGP also congratulated Nigeria and Nigerians on the 57th Independence Anniversary, urging Nigerians to be their brother’s keeper and demonstrate love, as well as promote harmonious co-existence.