The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the 17 zonal commands and their constituent Commissioners of Police to carry out full enforcement of the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021, signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on January 26, 2021.
They are to ensure full compliance with the regulations in their respective areas of responsibility.
The IGP gave the order following the directives by the President as contained in the regulations which mandates the Nigeria Police Force and other agencies of government to ensure full enforcement of the law in public places.
This was contained in a statement on Monday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, titled, ‘Ensure full enforcement of the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021, IGP orders
While noting that the uncertainty and risks engendered by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic have placed additional responsibilities on the general public, Adamu called on the citizens to voluntarily comply with the provisions of the regulations for the safety of all.
“The IGP further cautions officers enforcing the regulations to show tact, compassion, and empathy with the citizens.
“He reiterates that the officers must be firm and professional and at the same time remain polite, civil and respect the fundamental rights of the citizens,” the statement read.