The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered officers across the 36 States of Nigeria, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to carry out full enforcement of the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection Regulations 2021, which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 26.
A statement today, February 1, by the Force Spokesman, Frank Mba said that the Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the 17 zonal commands and their constituent Commissioners of Police in the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, are to ensure full compliance with the Regulations in their respective areas of responsibilities.
The police boss reminded Nigerians that the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection Regulations 2021 mandates the Nigeria Police Force and other agencies of Government mentioned therein to ensure full enforcement of the regulations in public places.
Such public places, the statement said, include places of worship, workplace and schools, banks, public transport vehicles, hostels, boarding houses, detention centres, etc – “and general restrictions on gatherings as well as the use of face mask.
“The IGP, while noting that the uncertainty and risks engendered by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic have placed additional responsibilities on the general public, calls on citizens to voluntarily comply with the provisions of the Regulations for the safety of all. The IGP further cautions officers enforcing the Regulations to show tact, compassion and empathy with the citizens.
“He reiterates that the officers must be firm and professional and at the same time remain polite, civil and respect the fundamental rights of the citizens.”