The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba has ordered Commissioners of Police to tighten security on highways, worship and recreational centres among others ahead of Eid-el-Kabir festival.
This is contain in a statement titled, ‘Eid-el-Kabir: IGP assures sustained efforts at improving public safety and security’, by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Sunday.
The statement quoted Bala as congratulating the Muslim Faithful in the country on the occasion of the year 2021 Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
He also reiterated that the Force would continue toimprove on the recent gains achieved in stabilizing
security order in parts of the country, protecting lives and property of citizens, and denying space.for crimes and criminality to thrive in and around the country.
The police boss enjoined citizens to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of the Eid-el-Kabir while remaining security conscious and compliant with the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
Part of the statement read:
“These steps are critical as we begin to see worrisome early signs of increasing cases in Nigeria.
“The PSC shall continue to minimise the risk of importation of variants of concern into the country by strengthening Surveillance at all Points of Entry (POE), enforcing extant quarantine protocols and sustaining the current restrictive measures against travelers arriving from India, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa.
“The PSC felicitates the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. It however, urges all State Governments and Religious Leaders to be mindful of the potential for wider spread of the virus during large gatherings,” he said.
“The PSC therefore recommends the following.preventive measures for a safe Eid-el-Kabir celebration:
a) Decentralisation of Eid Prayer to neighbourhood Friday Prayer Mosques (outdoor);
b) Suspension of Durbar activities; and
c) Observation of limitations on all Indoor gatherings.