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The authorities of the Nigeria police
said they had put in place “robust and elaborate security arrangement and crime
prevention strategies” for the Yuletide.

According to a statement, on
Friday, signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, a Deputy
Commissioner of Police, conventional policemen and personnel of the specialized
units of the Force have been deployed to provide effective security and
protection of life and property nationwide during Christmas.

The specialized unites, the
statement said, comprised the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit,
Special Protection Unit, Federal Highway Patrol, Explosive Ordinance
Department, the armament unit, Sniffer dogs section, the Marine Police and
Police Air wing.

“Visible police presence is already
emplaced on the highways and major roads across the country, police patrol
teams and surveillance squads will cover places of worship, other public
places, venues of recreation and celebrations throughout the period of the festivities”,
the statement said.

It said the Inspector General of
Police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed Assistant Inspectors General of Police and
Commissioners of Police in charge of zonal and state commands to personally be
on the ground to supervise the implementation of the security arrangement.

“The police officers and men are
under strict instructions to be very polite and civil but firm in the discharge
of their duty during the period.

“They are to observe and respect
the diversity and peculiarity of the people, display courage, show compassion
and demonstrate professionalism in their interaction and engagement with the
citizenry throughout the period of the celebration.

“The commissioners of police in the
thirty six (36) states and the FCT have further been directed to intensify on
the on-going raids of identified criminal hideouts and flash points in their
jurisdictions.

“Adequate security coverage and
protection will be given to government installations and infrastructure, with
twenty four hours surveillance and patrol of motor parks, points of departure
and entrance, shopping malls, business plazas and other private and public
facilities in all states of the country and the FCT”, the statement added.

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