The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has cautioned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force against violating the rights of Nigerians while enforcing the lockdown and social restriction orders.
He also reminded them to accord citizens on essential duties the due courtesies and unfettered access to and from their places of work.
This was contained in a statement by the force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in Abuja on Thursday.
It said, “The IGP notes that the global community is now in extraordinary times, with the lockdown taking its tolls on every component of our national life.
“Therefore, all police officers deployed for the enforcement of these restriction orders must be professional, humane and tactful and must show utmost respect to the citizenry.”
The statement added that Adamu had directed command commissioners of police to immediately commence the monitoring of police officers deployed on enforcement duties.
It said the police boss had equally charged zonal assistant inspectors-general of police across the nation to ensure adequate supervision of the personnel under their watch, as well as due compliance with the standard operating procedure guiding this special task.
“The AIGs and CPs are also to ensure robust anti-crime patrols and surveillance around vulnerable targets such as medical facilities, shops and markets, residential areas, financial institutions and automated teller machines points, amongst others, so that criminals do not take undue advantage of the current COVID-19 challenge to perpetrate crimes against the citizenry,” the statement noted.
The IG expressed gratitude to Nigerians “for their resilience and voluntary compliance with the social restriction orders and cooperation with the police at all times.”
He urged the citizens to continue to observe all precautionary measures issued by relevant health authorities.