The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate mobilisation of all police operational assets and resources to stop criminal elements masquerading as protesters in some parts of the country.
He said they must bring an end to the wanton violence, killings, looting and destruction of public and private property, and reclaim the public space.
Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba disclosed this in a Saturday statement.
According to the statement, the IGP gave the order today to all Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs), Heads of Police Operational Units, Squadron and Base Commanders in charge of Zonal/State/FCT Commands, the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit and the Special Protection Unit.
“In addition, CPs/Heads of Police Formations in the various states have also been charged to mobilize their men and work in sync with the Command CPs in the areas where they are domiciled, to dominate the public space and ensure peace and safety in the affected areas.
“The IGP, while noting that enough is enough to all acts of lawlessness, disruption of public peace and order and wanton violence which have resulted to indiscriminate looting of shops, malls and ware houses, damage to property and loss of lives in some parts of the country, further directs the Police strategic managers to personally lead and coordinate the operation and use all legitimate means, to halt further slide into lawlessness and brigandage.
“The IGP enjoins law-abiding citizens not to panic but rather join forces with the police and other members of the law enforcement community to protect their communities from the criminal elements.
“He further calls for the understanding and cooperation of the citizens assuring that the action is geared towards ensuring public order and safety and public security in our communities.
“The IGP however warns trouble-makers not to test the collective will of the nation by coming out to cause any further breakdown of law and order,” the statement further read.