IGP places AIGS, CPs in FCT, neighbouring states on red alert over Shi’ite protest

IGP places AIGS, CPs in FCT, neighbouring states on red alert over Shi’ite protest

Chidi Samuel|

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu on Tuesday placed Assistant Inspector General of Police and Commissioners of Police in the FCT and neighbouring states on red alert.

According to IGP, the action became neccessary following the violent protest by members of the El-Zakzakky Group at the National Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday which left two police officers shot and many cars damaged.

The IGP’s order was contained in a statement by the Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba.

The statement read, “The Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police in States contiguous to the FCT were also placed on the alert to ensure maximum security in their respective Areas of responsibility (AOR) to avert any possible breach of public safety and security.”

The IGP also directed the AIG in charge of Police Medical Department to ensure that proper and prompt medical attention is given to the injured officers and wished the victims quick recovery.

The Police chief while noting that the Force is not against Citizens expressing their grouse against the State, stressed that such ventilations must be done through legitimate and acceptable processes and not by taking the laws into their own hands.

He warned citizens not to test the collective will of the People and the State by engaging in lawless acts likely to cause the breach of the peace.

The IGP has also ordered a speedy and diligent investigation into the incident as well as prompt prosecution of all the persons arrested and now in Police custody in connection with the incident.

The IGP reiterated his displeasure with the unwarranted and unjustifiable attack on, and injury to nine Police Officers by members of the El-Zakzakky Group and commended the restraint, maturity and professionalism displayed by Police personnel in containing the protest.