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Yuletide: IGP Orders Deployment Of X-Squad, Others On Highways

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the immediate deployment of personnel of the Force Provost Unit, X-Squad and the Monitoring Unit for security operations during the Yuletide season, particularly on major highways.

Baba said this in a statement titled, ‘IGP appraises policing activities in the year 2021, sets agenda for 2022’, by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Monday.

“The operatives from these specialized units are expected to provide immediate supervision and oversight on police personnel deployed to the highways, and bring to book those found operating in manners inconsistent with the rules of engagement of the NPF,” the statement added.

The IGP reassured the citizens and the nation at large of the unwavering determination of the Force to ensure a peaceful Christmas and New Year festivities.

He called for improved understanding, partnership and working relationship between the Police and the citizens especially in the area of volunteering information to aid police capacity in securing the public space in the most pro-active manner during the yuletide season and in the coming year.

Baba also has said there may be high criminal activities in 2022.

This, he said could be triggered by political activities in the year 2022 as it precedes an election year.

Presidential and governorship elections are expected to be held in Nigeria in 2023.

The IGP said this in a statement titled, ‘IGP appraises policing activities in the year 2021, sets agenda for 2022’, by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Monday.

The statement also quoted the IGP as ordering Commissioners of Police in the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police, and other Heads of Police Formations, to strengthen their leadership capacity and operational strategies in dealing with crimes associated with the end of the year in their Areas of Responsibilities.

The IGP was said to have given the charge to the Strategic Police Managers, on Monday, during the December edition of his monthly meeting with Senior Police Officers from the rank of CP and above at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The IGP noted that “the engagement is targeted at evaluating policing activities and performance in the year 2021, identifying potential security challenges and threats in the coming year, and outlining operational strategies that could be taken to mitigate the threats”.

He equally charged the Senior Police Officers to “brace up to the anticipated internal security challenges in the coming year 2022”, observing that “being the year preceding the general elections, there is a high possibility that the charged political activities could set the stage for increased criminal activities especially politically and economically related crimes”.

The IGP commended Police personnel across the country for their resilience, courage, and loyalty to the Force and the country.

He observed that the new spirit of professionalism and patriotism no doubt impacted positively on efforts at stabilizing internal security order, improving public safety, law and order, combatting crimes and criminality, arresting criminal elements and carrying out specialized national assignments as seen in the just concluded Anambra State Gubernatorial Elections.

He charged them to imbibe the virtues of professionalism, respect for rule of law as well as the rights of the citizens and warned against excessive and unjustifiable use of force on the citizenry.

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