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IGP orders AIGs, CPs to enforce Covid-19 protection regulations

Ensure full enforcement of the Covid-19 health protection regulations 2021 – IGP orders AIGs, CPs; cautions officers to respect rights of citizens while urging voluntary compliance

The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu has ordered the Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the seventeen (17) zonal commands and their constituent Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the FCT, Abuja, to carry out full enforcement of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 26, 2021.

They are to ensure full compliance with the Regulations in their respective Areas of Responsibilities (AoR).

The IGP gave the order to the Strategic Police Managers following the directives by the President as contained in the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021.

The regulation mandates the Nigeria Police Force and other agencies of Government mentioned therein to ensure full enforcement of the Regulations in public places.

These include places of worship, workplace and schools, banks, public transport vehicles, hostels, boarding houses, detention centres, etc.

They are also to ensure general restrictions on gatherings as well as the use of face mask.

The IGP noted that the uncertainty and risks engendered by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic have placed additional responsibilities on the general public.

He, meanwhile, called on 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.

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