The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered tight security nationwide to ensure a hitch-free Easter celebration.
The police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said the IG had directed Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of zonal commands and Commissioners of Police nationwide to be on the ground to supervise and implement robust security arrangements and massive deployment of police personnel throughout the country for crime prevention and control.
It added that the personnel would be deployed in places of worship, recreation centres, and other public places and facilities.
“Consistent surveillance, intelligence gathering and continuous raid of criminal hideouts, black spots, flash/vulnerable points are already ongoing and will be sustained throughout the period.
“Vehicular and foot patrols and adequate visibility policing will also be embarked upon to guarantee safety of lives and property throughout the period,” the police stated.
The force urged the public to cooperate with the personnel of the Police Highway Teams, the Special Anti-robbery Squads and other police units deployed to prevent crime on the highways and major roads across the country.
Also, the Federal Road Safety Corps in Plateau State would be deploying 900 personnel to man the roads during the Easter celebration, the Sector Commander, Patricia Emeordi, has said.
According to her, the command has stationed eight patrol vehicles and two ambulances for emergencies on the roads.
She also advised road users to obey traffic rules and regulations, especially in the area of over loading of vehicles with goods and passengers, insisting that they should avoid night journeys and shun speeding during the period.
Speaking in an interview with journalists in Jos on Thursday evening, the FRSC commander described as criminal the rejection of auto crash victims by hospitals.