Richard Ginika Izuora
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has directed his officers to commence full enforcement of the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021, signed into law by President Muhammadu Buharion January 26.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba disclosed this in a statement on Monday, February 1, in Abuja.
The IGP ordered Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) in the 17 zonal commands and also all State Commissioners of Police (CPs), including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to immediately carry out the enforcement.
He also called on the senior officers to ensure full compliance with the regulations in their respective Areas of Responsibilities (AoR).
He said the regulation mandated the Nigeria Police and other agencies of government mentioned therein to ensure full enforcement in public places, places of worship, workplace, as well as schools.
The IGP listed other places as banks; public transport vehicles; hostels; boarding houses; detention centres; and to ensure general restrictions on gatherings and the use of face masks.
Adamu said the uncertainty and risks engendered by the advent of the pandemic had placed additional responsibilities on the general public.
He called on the public to voluntarily comply with the provisions of the regulations for the safety of all.
The IGP, however, cautioned officers enforcing the regulations to show tact; compassion; and also empathy with the citizens.
He urged them to be firm as well as professional; while remaining polite, civil and respect the fundamental rights of the citizens.