The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has placed operatives of the force on red alert nationwide to ensure a hitch-free Independence Day celebration.
In a statement issued in Abuja by CSP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) , the I-G specifically directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of state commands and maritime to ensure adequate and effective deployment of operational tools and manpower in their areas.
He also directed them to pay special attention to shopping malls, parks, beaches, highways and other critical infrastructure and sensitive areas to guarantee the safety of the citizenry.
He assured that the police would provide safe and secured environment for all, particularly during the anniversary.
Abubakar congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians on the occasion of the nation‚Äôs 53rd ¬†independence and commended the courage and determination of Nigerians to build and sustain a strong, indivisible and virile nation, in spite of the challenges confronting the nation.
The I-G urged Nigerians to put their differences aside and continue to support the police in the face of current security challenges facing the country.
He also urged them to provide useful information to the police, especially with regard to the ongoing fight against terrorism and other forms of crimes.