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Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has assured Nigerians of adequate security during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration scheduled to hold on September 12 just as he ordered deployment of policemen to vulnerable communities and spots.

This is following the reported threats of terrorist attacks in some states of the federation; a development that led to the postponement of the Governorship election in Edo state.

Consequently, the IGP has ordered massive deployment of Police personnel across the country to curb such plans.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Donald Awunah made this known in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja.

The statement read: “In order to ensure adequate security and guarantee utmost protection of life and property during the celebration and throughout the public holidays, the Inspector General of Police has directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zonal commands and all the Commissioners of Police in the state commands to deploy adequate personnel to cover all the Eid-El-Kabir praying grounds, recreation centres, public places, public infrastructures and utilities, and other points and venues where celebration will take place.

“Similarly, the Police Commanders are directed to collaborate with sister agencies, cultivate intelligence, interface with community leaders to monitor the activities of undesirable elements in the society who may take undue advantage of the public holidays to cause mischief and disturb public peace.”

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Awunah also stated that “Sustained surveillance and special attention will be paid to flash/vulnerable points and other identifiable hot spots to prevent criminalities during the Sallah celebration and beyond.”

He said the Police is confident that the operational strategies being executed for the Sallah festivities will guarantee a peaceful and hitch free Eid-El-Kabir celebration.

The FPRO conveyed the IGP’s commendation to officers and men of the police for their “dedication and commitment in ensuring that security and peace prevail throughout the Country despite the enormous challenges.”

“The IGP therefore wishes the Muslim faithful and all Nigerians a happy celebration. He however implores them to be vigilant and continue to support the Police to prevent crimes in their localities,” the statement concluded.

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