61st Independence: IGP assures top security, deploys nationwide
Cyril Mbah, Abuja
The inspector general of police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has assured that maximum security would be in place as the nation marks its 61st independence anniversary on Friday, October 1, 2021.
The IGP noted that the Force had adopted adequate security measures to protect the citizens, ensure the success of all activities lined-up for the anniversary celebration and prevent any untoward situation throughout the period of the celebration and beyond.
Police Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CP Frank Mba, said in a statement that assistant inspectors general of police and commissioners of police in all the zonal and state commands and the FCT had been directed to lead the independence anniversary security operations from the front line.
This means that the officers are to ensure high visibility and confidence-boosting patrols around the venues of the celebrations, residential areas and other places of public resort to prevent any infiltration by hostile elements.
The IGP, while congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians at large, on the occasion of the independence anniversary celebration, pledged the unalloyed loyalty of the NPF to the sovereignty of the country as well as its unflinching commitment to combating crimes and criminality in the country and ensuring the safety of the citizenry.
Baba called on citizens to go about the celebrations in the most peaceful and law-abiding manner and further appealed for a new sense of pan-Nigerian spirit, patriotism, love and deliberate efforts by leaders at all levels at de-escalating ethnic tensions and suspicions in the land.
He further enjoined citizens to continue to cooperate with the police and other security agencies in fighting crimes and criminality in the country.