The inspector-general of police (IGP), Usman Baba, has ordered the “massive deployment” of personnel and operational assets in and around the federal capital territory (FCT).
Olumuyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), announced the development in a statement issued on Tuesday.
The development comes on the heels of reports of attacks and threats of further attacks on communities in the FCT and its environs.
Adejobi said the IGP gave the order on Monday during the force management team meeting in Abuja.
“He has equally charged the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Department of Operations, DIG Bala Zama Senchi, to supervise and manage the deployment to ensure maximum security in the FCT as well as surrounding states with a high risk of attacks resonating from the threats being speculated on the news, as the Force does not and will never handle any information with kid gloves.
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“The IGP, however, cautioned members of the public, especially citizen-journalists, on the dangers of spreading false alarms, misinformation, and disinformation as they could be detrimental and counter-productive to national security.
“In the same vein, the Inspector-General of Police has assured Nigerians in general, and residents of the FCT in particular, of their safety and security, while urging them to go about their lawful duties without fear of attacks.“
He equally reiterated the firm determination of the Police leadership to continue to explore avenues to enhance the security architecture in the country, through intelligence gathering, operational deployment and application of cutting-edge technology to decimate the activities of criminal elements across the country.”