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Coronavirus: Don’t come to police stations, IG tells Nigerians

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…Warns against unnecessary arrests, detention of suspects

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has counselled Nigerians to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices as confirmed cases of coronavirus rise to 30 in Nigeria.

He also urged the citizens to minimise official visits to police stations, except where absolutely necessary.

Adamu in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, by the force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, also enjoined Nigerians to voluntarily adhere to directives guiding against the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The statement, with Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.2/, also quoted the IGP as warning against unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects, The PUNCH reports.

The statement read in part, “The IGP, while urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directs the Zonal AIGs and Command CPs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned.

“He reiterates that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention.

“The IGP further directs that adequate measures be emplaced to screen persons to be committed into police custody.

“The IGP enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimise official visits, except where absolutely necessary.”

Adamu also directed zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and state police commissioners to strictly enforce the directives on social restriction order imposed by the government in their respective jurisdiction.

“Also, in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive that all tertiary institutions be shut, the IGP has ordered the immediate closure of the Nigeria Police Academy as well as all Police Primary and Secondary Schools nationwide.

“The Force Medical Services has been empowered and directed to step up sensitisation programmes across Commands, Formations and Barracks in the country,” the statement added.

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BREAKING!: Lagos Airport Hotel on fire

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Another fire outbreak has been confirmed in Lagos at the popular Lagos Airport Hotel.

The incident happened on Thursday evening.

Firefighters and other emergency responders are battling with putting off the inferno as at the time of filing this report.

 

Details shortly…

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COVID-19: We Will Deal With Officers Violating IG Orders

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The Oyo state Police headquarters PPRO, SP. Fadeyi Olugbenga made this known in a telephone chat with our correspondent said “Our men had been thoroughly warned and lectured, their deployment is not based to go and extort, they are to carry out their lawful duties and make sure they enforce and at the same time secure the lives and properties of the people”.

S.P Olugbenga also warned that any Officer doing otherwise is doing that at his own peril. Violators of Inspector General of Police orders will be seriously dealt with in line with police regulations.

We check officers by using a mechanism of routine check, where senior officers go round to see what the officers are doing and also see to the level of public compliance. Though encouraging, but still have some recalcitrants.

Members of the public are advised to call our control room members been circulated in the public to complain any grievances.

In his view, Oyo state police command has been carrying out sensitization programmes to educate the public on the need to obey government directives and maintain law and order.

“Please stay at home, only people on essential duty are expected to be out”.

According to the directives of the IG, we are not ready to retain people unnecessarily but we do arrest on Important purposes.

He however enjoined the public to report officers violating them with a promise to take proper action but plead the public to obey the rules and regulations put in place to collectively win the war against Coronavirus pandemic.

He assured that Nigeria Police in collaboration with other security agencies are working hard to ensure a peaceful society.

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BREAKING! Accountant-General of the Federation’s office on fire

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Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation on Wednesday was gutted with fire.

The Root Media gathered that the building, also known as “Treasury House” is located beside the Federal Capital Territory FCT Police Command in Garki, Abuja.

It was gathered that the fire started from around the third floor, razing the building upwards including the Accountant General’s office and most of the important offices.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known even as workers are currently at home observing.

However, a combined team of men of the Federal and FCT Fire Services, as well as other security operatives, have to a large extent contained the fire.

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