In an effort to soothe residents’ concerns about recent perceived security threats in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has directed the widespread deployment of extra police officers and operational tools around the city and its surroundings.
The action, according to a statement from the force, is intended to strengthen the security and safety of the lives and property of the citizens, important national assets, vulnerable facilities, and drivers who travel through and around the FCT.
On Monday, August 1st, 2020, as the Force Management Team gathered in his office to discuss the latest developments in national security, the IGP made the accusation.
He also instructed DIG Bala Zama Senchi, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Department of Operations, to oversee and manage the deployment to ensure maximum security in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and nearby states with a high risk of attacks resonating from the threats being speculated on the news. The Force does not and will never handle any information with kid gloves, so Senchi was given this responsibility.
However, the IGP warned the public—and in particular citizen journalists—against disinformation, misinformation, and false alarms because they might be harmful to national security efforts and counterproductive.
In a similar spirit, the Inspector-General of Police has reassured Nigerians in general and FCT residents in particular of their safety and security and urged them to carry out their legal obligations without concern for assaults.
He also reaffirmed the Police leadership’s unwavering commitment to looking into ways to strengthen the nation’s security architecture through intelligence collection, operational deployments, and the use of cutting-edge technologies to suppress criminal elements’ operations all over the nation.