Few hours after the imposition of a 24-hour curfew in Lagos by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the announcement of a ban on any form of protest in Lagos by the state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu; the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot police unit – the Police Mobile Force across the country.
Their brief is to protect the lives and property of Nigerians and to secure critical national infrastructure across the country.
The IGP disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday titled, ‘Attacks On Police Facilities, Others – IGP Orders Deployment Of Anti-Riot Police Officers’.
The statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, partly read, “The IGP has also ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen security around Correctional facilities nationwide.
“The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory.
“Consequently, the Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the FCT are to identify and isolate law-breakers from peaceful protesters; immediately arrest and diligently prosecute such perpetrators of violence in their respective Commands.