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June 12 Protest: Deal With Anyone Who Threatens Nigeria’s Internal Security, IG Tells Officers

Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, has urged Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in states and the Federal Capital Territory to deal sternly with anyone or organization attempting to undermine internal security order on June 12th.

During a meeting with Nigeria Police Force strategic commanders in Abuja, the IGP encouraged them to maintain civility with law-abiding citizens during the commemoration of Democracy Day.

He said, “The June 12 Democracy Day is days away. We are currently reviewing the security situation, to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

‘’Details of this will form part of our discussion. I must, however, remind you all of the need to remain civil with law-abiding citizens, but firm with any person or group that may wish to take advantage of the event to threaten our internal security order.”

Baba voiced his disappointment that most Command Commissioners of Police continue to allow their officers to confiscate vehicles at police stations without cause.

He said: “Police facilities are not junkyards and must not be turned to one. Indeed, such acts create vulnerabilities that often engender attacks on our facilities.

“Accordingly, I ask you to return to your commands and undertake a major operation to clear all such indiscriminately impounded vehicles off your stations.

‘’The compliance to this directive shall be confirmed in the course of my ongoing tours to your command and any departmental head, zonal commander, commissioner of police, or unit head that is found wanting will be dealt with.

“I have also received reports of abuses associated with the use of SPY plate numbers and tainted glasses. Accordingly, henceforth the issuance of SPY plate numbers and tainted glasses permits are hereby suspended.

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