The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has directed all state commissioners of police to beef up security in and around university campuses nationwide.
This is in the light of the six days ultimatum given to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to compulsorily resume academic activities in all public universities or risk being sacked.
In a statement issued by the police spokesman, Frank Mba, on Thursday in Abuja, Abubakar said the directive is a “proactive and confidence-boosting measure designed to ensure that nothing untoward happens in our academic communities.”
He also ordered all police commisioners to “take all necessary security measures needed to provide for the safety and security of members of staff and students as well as property within the various campuses”.
The IG urged lecturers, students and Nigerians within the institutions to remain law-abiding and go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation or intimidation from any quarters.
In addition, the statement tasked its officers and men who would be involved in the supplementary election in Anambra supplementary election on Saturday to remain focused and neutral, as well as exhibit the highest level of professionalism.
Abubakar also called on the people of the state to cooperate with the police and other security agencies in ensuring an atmosphere of peace and order throughout the election, just as he urged politicians, traditional rulers, and opinion leaders in the state to play by the rules.
He reassured the people of adequate security in the state during the election, promising that the police would continue to maintain optimal presence in Anambra till the end of the election.